My work schedule says I’ll be in “the field” for 10 days at a time; the field is a 65 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut. It winds through biologically diverse woodland forest and over modest highlands called “The Berkshires.” Not Berk- Shy-Are but Berk-Sure.
When I’m not in the field, I live at the Kellogg Conservation Center in South Egremont, Massachusetts; a farmhouse built in 1744 and home to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Appalachian Mountain Club.
Before bed I hunt mosquitos and place them in a spider’s web next to my cot. I like this spider in particular, once she combined two mosquitos and ate them simultaneously. I think we’ll be good roommates.