Have I really not written a Sunday Salon post since April? Summer really does get away from me in terms of blogging! I arrived home from a backcountry camping trip in Yellowstone National Park yesterday afternoon. This was only my second time backcountry camping. Period. The first time I went is infamously known in my family as “The Death March”; an all uphill hike through Glacier National Park on a very hot day. We ran out of water by the time we reached our campsite, and then our stove did not work so my brother and I had to go to bed without dinner. Not a good introduction to backcountry camping for two newbies!
The hike went much better this time. Our timing was perfect; we were able to see Lonestar Geyser erupt on our way to our campsite. A mid-afternoon hail and rainstorm threatened to deprive us of dinner, but it cleared up after three hours and we were able to eat something hot before retiring for the evening. Unfortunately, the rainstorm washed out the trail from our campsite to Shoshone Lake and therefore our plans to investigate this secluded lake. The rainstorm also made the mosquito unbearable so we were forced to cut our trip short and return home early. (I stopped counting bug bites after I reached 37!)
Other than two woodpeckers and a squirrel, I did not see any animals during our trip through the backcountry. The recent incident with a bear in the park had us extra vigilant, and I am sure my atrocious, off-key singing scared off bears and bison and moose alike. We did see one grizzly bear on our drive out of the park yesterday morning, and I was able to get some great pictures of him lounging around the shadows.
Camping, trips into Yellowstone, and my weekly hikes in the national forests around my town interfere with reading. I’m usually too tired to pick up a book! This summer I am also taking Calculus I, and the massive amounts of homework and studying I have to do also pulls me away from reading. I usually read and blog more during the summertime than during the school year, but I am finding that this summer blogging and reading have both been placed on the backburner.
I did finish one book yesterday afternoon, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin, and I started Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery last night. I’ve never read Montgomery’s classic novel even though my mom gave it to me years ago and considers it one of her favorite childhood reads. My currently reading shelf on GoodReads would have you believe I’m currently reading six books but in reality I’ve started and stopped reading quite a few books lately. Things just aren’t grabbing my attention right now. I’d much rather be outside enjoying the sunshine — bug bites and sunburns be damned.
- Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables. New York: Scholastic, 1989. Originally published 1908. Print. 373 pgs. ISBN: 059042243X. Source: Gift.
- Shoneyin, Lola. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. New York: William Morrow, 2010. Print. 280 pgs. ISBN: 9780061946370. Source: Library.
The Sunday Salon:
The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on each other’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.