About


I grew up in Never-Never land: western Washington. As a child I couldn’t separate myself from books and television and homework long enough to get any real exercise. It seems a tragedy of my past, but one I don’t lose any sleep over. As I grew older, I discovered the wonders of hiking and the outdoors. As I continue to update this blog (and leave New Mexico, the source of all material), I plan to write more about my transformation from an overweight young person to a fitness fanatic woman.

I left Washington after college to become a teacher and a scientist, in that order. I know a real life Peter Pan, who sent me an email just last night asking about the philosophical ramifications of measurement in quantum theory. As a good physicist who spends all too much time at her computer, I pounded out an answer that might be construed as intelligent, despite the wine I had been drinking. I love science and I couldn’t be happier, but I do wish I spent less time at my desk.

The goal of this blog is to keep the folks back home involved in all of the fun things I get to do here in Los Alamos, NM. Since I leave NM in just two short weeks, the themes and focus will of course have to change… if I continue at all. When I return to my real life (because, yes, Los Alamos feels like Never-Never land too), I will have far less material to put out into the internet realm.

9 Responses to About

  1. gretchenwing says:

    So I’m guessing if you’re at Los Alamos, you must spend some time in Frijoles Canyon? We lived for 6 months in Santa Fe some years back and that was my happy place…I missed trees & water so much! Something extra precious about desert riparian systems, no?

    • mcddanielle says:

      I’m actually back in corny Indiana to finish grad school, but I’m working on my return to cottonwoods now.

      I think I’ve climbed through a small section of Frijoles in the back country, but I don’t know my Bandelier geography all that well: Frijoles was closed when I lived in Los Alamos. Here is a link about that, but I think you’ll find the pictures pretty sad:
      http://www.nps.gov/band/planyourvisit/frijoles-canyon-and-rim.htm

      This is a post about my first trip to Bandelier:
      https://corn2cottonwoods.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/saturday-june-9th-national-get-outdoors-day/

      Thank you for sharing. Its funny, I should be able to relate to your comment about missing trees and water, but I can’t! I grew up in Mount Vernon and went to college in Bellingham, and a very dedicated PNW girl I am. I love rain! When I lived in Los Alamos I was so delighted with the mountains and the feeling of living back in the West, I never felt the lack of moisture. In fact, after the heat/humidity of Indiana, it was wonderful!

  2. WhiteTrinity says:

    Hi, Thanks for dropping by my blog and the like. I enjoyed reading your post on Delphi. I have noted it down as a place to visit on my next trip to Greece. — Mrs. J : )

  3. treadlemusic says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by my place! If you’ve had a chance to “look around”, you might have figured out that, although I am quilting obsessed, I am (to put it gently) multi-faceted (scattered???? Ha!) and tend to journal all my/our adventures!! Am looking forward to following along with your life-quests……..Enjoy…….life is, truly, an adventure!!!! Hugs, Doreen

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for liking my post on Hobbit town in New Zealand 🙂

    I look forward to seeing you again and reading more of your blog!

    Mohsin

  5. leggypeggy says:

    Thanks so much for visiting and liking my post on Machu Picchu. My dad was from north of Bellingham, and it’s a beautiful part of the country. Hope all your adventures and travels are rewarding.

  6. Bet you’ll be surprised how much you will have to write about with your return. Thanks for dropping by “Honey.”

  7. Mike Sirota says:

    I’m pleased that you enjoyed my post on “Swords, Specters, & Stuff.” You’re welcome back anytime!

  8. eponaleah says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking the unlikely post about the Carrara Portland Cement Plant. Come back again!

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