Swamp ecology class was great. Actually everything at Echo Hill Outdoor School was amazing...incredible teachers, good food, silly songs, gorgeous setting. Feel so lucky to have had time in this special place.
Cat's cradle, Moana soundtrack, Holes by Louis Sachar, lanyard making, squealing, and rock/shell collecting. Spending two full days with ten and eleven year old girls entails all of the above. It also means that any frogs caught on the swamp walk will be named (Sirius, Caramel, Midnight, etc).
We are at Echo Hill Outdoor School for an overnight Chesapeake Bay adventure with homeschool friends. It's rainy, it's cold, and we will be sleeping in tents, but so far everyone is having fun.
One minute I was fully immersed in a puppy admiration session and in the next minute I was doing the Heimlich maneuver. Weird how things can change so quickly and you enter into that surreal bubble of time when things move both quickly and slowly at the same time. I saved a kid's life today while standing in front of the library. Hug your kids, eat small bites, and learn the Heimlich maneuver.
Southern characters, small town life, lots of cursing, a maze of secrets and twisty drama. Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, John Kennedy Toole, and Eudora Welty barbecued and seasoned with tattoos plus a dash of trashy reality tv. I am trying to force myself to listen the S-Town podcast in small savory chunks, but I am not sure I have enough self restraint to do that. Good storytelling makes me hungrier for more. I may end up gorging on the whole thing tonight while cleaning out the basement tonight. @stownpodcast
It's like someone added color to our neighborhood while we were gone...dogwoods, azaleas, and tulips all in super saturated technicolor. In other news, jet lag is killing us.
The hard parts of returning home from a big trip: grocery shopping while jet lagged, sifting through mountains of mail and e-mail, and all of the unpacking. The good parts: cuddling with our pup and blooming lilies of the valley.
We made it back home, but are already missing this daily view of Baku. Traveling on my 44th birthday meant I got to celebrate it in Azerbaijan, Germany, and The United States! It also meant that I got to watch a lot of movies, eat good (aka European) chocolate, and enjoy the glory of our new global entry passes. Feels like a nice way to start a new year that already has a number of exciting adventures in store for us.
What a whirlwind of a trip! We have loved exploring Azerbaijan, spending time with our friends, and overloading our senses with all of the interesting textures, colors, and threads of history/culture. Never could have imagined that we would have an opportunity to visit this spot on the globe, but so happy we did.