Another year gone

If someone had told me eight years ago that I would start dating my future husband in a few hours, I would have thought they were crazy. If someone had told me four years ago that I would become totally fascinated with birds, I would have been skeptical to say the least. If someone had told…

Nature and the city: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Any history buff who hears the words “Cuyahoga River” will automatically think of the infamous day in 1969 when the river caught fire. Yes, you read that correctly. An oil slick on the top of the water was ignited, causing the river to burn and damage nearby structures. Today, however, you would never think the…

America’s crown jewels

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” – John Muir. It’s only been a year since my first visit to the Rockies, but the mountains started calling long before that. Ever since I was a young child, I wanted to go out west. I loved watching the Discovery Channel and Travel Channel, and National Geographic…

Learning to fly

It seems like since I moved to Pennsylvania a little over a month ago, challenges have greeted me at every turn. First, finding an apartment was a much bigger challenge than I expected. Finally, after weeks of looking, I saw the perfect one on Craigslist. It was close to campus, one bedroom and an office, hardwood…

The little things

For those who are not hikers, it can seem like quite a boring activity. After all, it is essentially just walking. One foot after another after another. It just happens to be on dirt with trees nearby rather than on pavement with buildings nearby. It’s pretty for awhile, especially if it features beautiful overlooks or…

The Hoosier and the Nittany Lion

Moving to a new state alone hasn’t been easy. I’ve known for a while that I would likely go to graduate school out of state. However,  I didn’t predict that my husband would get a career position in Indiana just before I was scheduled to leave. Getting a full-time job in the wildlife field requires…