That's always the first question you get when you come back to school, right? It's the perennial writing assignment for students everywhere. So what if it's November? I did awesome, fun and even educational stuff this summer and I've been meaning to write about it for months. I'm just finally getting around to it.
Summer was all about 2 things this year: School and Adventure.
First I had to complete my internship for my CAS: Cultural Heritage Preservation. I decided that if I was going to have to work for minimal pay I was going to find somewhere that would let me still kind of have a vacation. So I applied to the Adirondack Experience: the Museum at Blue Mountain Lake and took a job as an interpretive intern. The internship itself was hit or miss for me- which I think is exactly how an internship should be. I figured out what I enjoyed and was good at and what wasn't going to be my jam, so I left with a lot more information then I came with, which is what you want. Long story short- I like working outside and had an absolute blast working Minnow Pond Trail and talking to guest all day about the area and especially the wildlife they might find. I didn't really like being inside the exhibit hall all day. The Life in the Adirondack Exhibit was great, but I found that I needed to have the outdoors.
Which is where part two, adventure, comes in. I had the option of living on site at the museum, but instead opted to camp out in the various state campgrounds nearby. It was not always perfect (like when the trailer bit it and I had to take it home to be fixed), but that's okay because I hammock camp it anyways, so the only big adjustments were that I ate out of a cooler and had to get changed in the shower house instead of my own camper. I LOVED living outside this summer for 8 weeks. I miss living outside. I loved cooking over my fire and reading about 30 books over the 8 weeks. I loved when my family and friends came up to visit and we got to go on sometimes accidental adventures on my days off. Rather then give a massive recap of the 8 weeks, I'll just share a million photos with some mini stories about the fun times I had.
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by: Chester Nez
The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII-includes the actual Navajo Code and rare photos. Although more than 400 Navajos served in the military during World War II as top-secret code talkers, even those fighting shoulder to shoulder with them were not told of their covert function. And, after the war, the Navajos were forbidden to speak of their service until 1968, when the code was finally declassified. Of the original twenty- nine Navajo code talkers, only two are still alive. Chester Nez is one of them.
In this memoir, the eighty-nine-year-old Nez chronicles both his war years and his life growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation-the hard life that gave him the strength, both physical and mental, to become a Marine. His story puts a living face on the legendary men who developed what is still the only unbroken code in modern warfare.