I began this blog in an effort to share photos and stories from my adventures in rural Japan with friends and family back home in the United States. I lived in Kawamoto-cho, Shimane-ken, Japan from July 2011 – August 2012, working as a high school level English teacher. For those interested, there is a bit of information on the program that I worked through in Japan, where I was located, and what I was doing here: A Year of Adventure in Rural Japan.
I am currently living and working at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center as a naturalist. The program runs from August 2012 to June 2013. My time here is spent teaching 30+ classes to 4th – 8th graders from around the state of Minnesota, pursuing independent projects (homebrewing, tanning deer hide, identifying lichens and wildflowers, baking bread, archery…), learning and playing and sharing ideas with other Wolf Ridge naturalists and trying to keep track of everything that’s happening through journalling and keeping a nature notebook.
My love of writing and photography finds a fulfilling outlet in this blog, though I rarely find the time to create a new post. I’m hoping to change that as Winter slides into Spring and reflection becomes a more meaningful part of my experience. Eventually, I hope to look back into my first five months at Wolf Ridge and create a series of posts which share some of the highlights of Fall and the excitement of venturing into a new way of living.
Thank you for being here. I hope you are inspired by my stories to share your own.