2013 was a fruitful and busy year. We crisscrossed the continent several times, for weddings, wakes, and work. Admittedly, our eco footprint is heftier than usual, as is our sky miles account. But all the time with family and friends, lots of home-preserved food and successful fishing and hunting seasons do help balance it out.
Here's a snapshot of 2013, and our best wishes for 2014!
Bethann & Jerod
While Jerod was braving the winter at his field site (right), Bethann
kept busy reporting on Quebec City events such as the annual flapjack
Dog sledding is a great way to pass a winter afternoon outside the city, unless, of course,
you're on assignment to photograph Canada's Prime Minister when he visits Quebec.
By the time spring rolled around, we were hard at work in Saskatchewan,
collecting data for Jerod's final field season. While we were out there, Bethann did a photography contract for Prince Albert National Park! We also have lots of blog posts
|Half-way through our road trip back to QC (2472 miles/3978 km), we stopped in Minneapolis for an Ecological Society of America conference. We enjoyed |
lots of interesting talks, new contacts, and developed several new project ideas.
|While we were in the state, we also spent a few days fishing and hanging out with|
Jerod's family in Talmoon, a little blink-in-the-road in northern MN.
We came home with a hefty supply of bass and pike - great for winter meals.
|Bethann covered the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec again this summer, a fun|
assignment for two reasons - this race is in the same level of bike racing as the Tour
de France and one of her photos of last year's race received an award!
|One of Bethann's favorite assignments this year was the annual Military Music parade.|
A little more newspaper fun - the Bordeaux wine festival and the annual
local brewing festival. Imagine our surprise to discover a bison head there!
|Autumn in Quebec City was beautiful and busy.|
|In Montana, we were reminded why the state is called the Big Sky Country |
by this Thanksgiving Day sunset over Grandpa's barn. We also enjoyed
lots of hiking, (successful) hunting, eating, and time with family and friends!
|We went hiking near the Virgin River Gorge with Jerod's dad (pre-Christmas).|
We also baked some of the cookies that have become a multi-generational
tradition on Jerod's side of the family. Can you spot the cookie monster?
|In Phoenix for Christmas, we went to Organ Stop Pizza, which boasts |
one of the world's largest Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organs. It is an
astonishing feat of music engineering! Check out the website for videos,
like this one of Scott Joplin's The Entertainer, and this one of Handel's Messiah. Every sound you hear is made by the organ, controled by the organist,
using the nearly 800 stops and buttons available on the main console!
We took a couple of hikes up South Mountain, a desert preserve smack
in the middle of Phoenix, and visited Arizona's only olive orchard and
olive oil production facility. Pretty neat to see what can grow in the desert!
Warmest wishes for 2014...
when we plan to publish a handful of "back-dated"
posts with lots more photos from some of the
adventures we briefly mentioned above.