By Mary Beth Baptiste
Conscious that her adolescence is slipping via, Mary Beth Baptiste comes to a decision to flee her lackluster, suburban lifestyles in coastal Massachusetts to pursue her lifelong dream of being a Rocky Mountain woodswoman. To the horror of her conventional, ethnic kinfolk, she divorces her husband of fifteen years, dusts off her natural world biology measure, and flees to Moose, Wyoming for a task at Grand Teton nationwide Park. In those rugged mountains, unforeseen classes from nature and flora and fauna advisor her trip as she creates a brand new existence for herself. Set opposed to the dramatic backdrop and quirky tradition of Jackson gap, this fantastically written memoir is a considerate, frequently funny account of a woman’s bumbling quest for objective, redemption, and love via desert experience, solitude, and offbeat human connections.
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This is how I remember those first years on my own in a strange place: thimblefuls of fake courage thrown at a conflagration of fear. — that a spring was breaking out in my heart. I said: Along which secret aqueduct, Oh water, are you coming to me, water of a new life that I have never drunk? —ANTONIO MACHADO(TRANSLATED BY ROBERT BLY) 1 First Glimpse August 1981. The odometer on the VW Rabbit rolls over 100,000 miles as we head north from Rock Springs on Wyoming Highway 89. A hundred desolate miles on a black highway.
This is Julian Stewart. He’s a PhD student at U of M up in Missoula,” Tim says. Still the guy doesn’t acknowledge us. ” Julian’s chair dips backward; his arms flail as he scrambles for balance. Then he swivels his chair around, leans back, and plants an ankle on the opposite knee. Sour-faced, he angles his arms across his chest and plows a thumb through his beard. Good save, I think. Like Jace, Julian sports a cleft between his brows as deep as the Marianas Trench. He wears understated wire-rims and seems fully aware of his craggy handsomeness.
Yut. Yut,” he says, giving each of our hands an uninterested shake. “Tell ’em about your research,” Tim says. ” Julian blinks, then points and straightens his foot. “I’m studying predator-prey interactions in the park. Mainly the big carnivores—grizzly bear, mountain lion, lynx—and their prey—moose, bighorn sheep, elk, deer, pronghorn. ” His tone is matter-of-fact, as if he’s describing the daily tasks of a vacuum cleaner salesman. “Way cool,” Robert says. Back in his office Tim reaches into a plastic grocery bag and hands each of us two aluminum traps the size of Animal Cracker boxes.
Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons by Mary Beth Baptiste