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Costa Rica collaboration

Monteverde canopy bridgeAlthough I should have been taking advantage of the cool, rainy weather to get the garden weeded, I played hookie on Friday.  I've discovered that when I get an idea for a written or visual project, I should drop everything and explore while I'm enthusiastic, letting those creative juices flow while they're in motion.  This freedom to create is the best part of homesteading.

The truth is that I'd been wanting to work up some sketchbooks from my year abroad into a story for common consumption, but my memory is so fuzzy that I couldn't visualize life a decade ago well enough to write about it.  Maggie's memory is considerably better, and she wrote interesting tidbits in her journal that complement my copious scientific notes very well.  We churned out a joint post last night about our first day in Costa Rica, and I'm excited to keep collaborating on the project.

As usual when I get obsessed with a non-homesteading topic, I'll stop posting about it over here after this entry.  So, if you're interested in reading about my decade-old journey (and the natural history of Costa Rica), be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed over on Clinch Trails.  Maybe this will make up for the continued summer vacation of the lunchtime series.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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