Q: What is the strongest entry in the site journal? Why?
A: I believe my strongest entries are tied between the two with the historical portions. Although it doesn’t have a lot to do with nature itself, I imagine it as history taking part in nature. Walker and Kirchhoff both moved to those certain locations for certain reasons…to be in nature and to escape. I was doing the same…many years later. I felt that I could relate to Kirchhoff and Walker, especially after taking this class, with their desire to live among the forest.
Q: What did you enjoy about this assignment? Why?
A: I have always really enjoyed documenting things. I have been an avid journalist for years now…and I have always sought after keeping a blog. This was perfect, and it was an interesting and beautiful concept to capture and document. I have become very connected to this park…and I know I will be back. I have a respect for nature now that I didn’t in the past, and I will continue to carry that respect with me for the rest of my life.
Q: What was difficult or challenging about the assignment? What could be improved in your site journal, or what do you wish you had done differently?
A: Being consistent about visits was difficult, given some weekends I was gone or others I was simply to busy. I also lost track of a lot of the spots I was going to visit time after time and take pictures of the changes…however, I managed to capture the change quite effectively I think. I wish my entires had been even more thought out and maybe a bit longer.
Q: How did you synthesize your entries as you completed the final version of the site journal?
A: I think one blog entry just flows right to the rest. Hopefully the reader will be able to see the changes of the park itself, and the changes I have had with this park. I really like going back and seeing how my writing and thought process has changed from one entry to the next.
Q: What risks – in the writing, images, ideas – did you take in the site journal?
A: I really tried to think outside of the box. I wanted to incorporate poetry, music (since that’s such a huge part of my life) and my personal thoughts in my entries.
Q: What did you learn about your site and about nature writing by completing the site journal?
A: I learned that Mt. Falcon Park holds some incredible history, and it is a great place to escape if I need one. I hope others can gain that same experience if they read my journal and decide to visit the park.