Not all research happens in a library or on a computer. My favorite kind is hands on research, and when opportunity unfurls before me I try to run with it. Since I’m doing that today, I’ll just just show you what the last month of it looks like in pictures.
|The Name File is running dangerously low.|
Where can one find a wide variety of names?
|First time I've ever seen a headstone like this.|
This one goes into the story fodder file.
|How about a drive to another state for a l-o-n-g hike through rattlesnake country?|
Snake Gaiters are a thing. Kinda hot, eh?
|Fortunately I found no rattlesnakes|
But I did find this!
|I was hesitant to drink from it, so of course I did.|
|Oh, wait! Look! A Mama Bear and Three Cubs! In the middle of the forest.|
With just me. This is the picture of me running away. But no snakes!
|This was my Scottish themed party. Scottish fudge is called tablet.|
It's rather grainy. Yes. I was doing kilt research. I. Love. My. Job.
|Hands on research requires snacks.|
A trip to the orchard for the apples and voila!
|Trust me, you want this one small and blurry.|
This Scottish themed food was scarier than the bears.
One bowl is dessert. One bowl is salmon.
|A bit of glassblowing with an autumn theme, speaking of voila!|
I seize this opportunity frequently!
|A bouquet of four-leaf-clovers from a spot where the DEC has been working.|
What could possibly go wrong?
|How about some airborne research?|
|Wait. Gliders don't have engines?|
Then how do they...
|Oh! A propeller plane tows them into the sky and drops them there?|
What could possibly go wrong? I'm in!*
*The video is from a previous glider ride. I didn't want to leave you hanging!