By Mary Beth Baptiste
Acutely aware that her early life is slipping through, Mary Beth Baptiste comes to a decision to flee her lackluster, suburban lifestyles in coastal Massachusetts to pursue her lifelong dream of being a Rocky Mountain woodswoman. To the horror of her conventional, ethnic kinfolk, she divorces her husband of fifteen years, dusts off her flora and fauna biology measure, and flees to Moose, Wyoming for a role at Grand Teton nationwide Park. In those rugged mountains, unforeseen classes from nature and flora and fauna advisor her trip as she creates a brand new existence for herself. Set opposed to the dramatic backdrop and quirky tradition of Jackson gap, this fantastically written memoir is a considerate, frequently funny account of a woman’s bumbling quest for goal, redemption, and love via desert event, solitude, and offbeat human connections.
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Extra resources for Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons
A green Volkswagen Beetle chugs into the parking lot, and a bearded man in a Park Service uniform unfolds himself from the driver’s seat. His legs are so long I’m convinced he drives with his feet pressed against the grille. I approach him. “I’m starting work here today. ” He offers a massive hand. “Tim Nichols. ” I connect the name with the telephone voice that offered me this job. The inside of the building smells musty, with an overlay of some other faint, rotten-y odor, definitely organic. Tim’s office is crowded with bookshelves, two desks, and a drafting table.
Then later, in grad school, kneeling in brittle fall leaves to collect the sour-smelling contents of a deer’s stomach at a hunter check station. I can’t deny this love of the putrid that’s so characteristic of bio majors. ” In a far corner of the room, in a cave carved out among gray cabinets, we find a rangy guy slouched at his desk and focused on his computer screen. Beside him another desk is piled with books and documents. For a few minutes we all stand behind him and stare at his hair. It’s frizzy and auburn, tied with a rubber band into a ponytail barely longer than a question mark.
3 Baggage In Vila Franca do Campo on the island of São Miguel, Azores, ten levels of steps lead up to Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Paz, Our Lady of Peace Church. Rising vertiginously up a cliffside, the steps are decorated at each level with a blue and white tile depicting some sacred event in the life of the Virgin Mother. I imagine the climb symbolizes the noble, pious, but difficult life: Don’t dally in the dirt below, keep your head up, shoulder your load, and head up the steps, one by one. Keep Mother Mary in your sights.
Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons by Mary Beth Baptiste