(double-posted on our blog in part)
About a month ago, just before setting off on our vacation, Stephanie received great news: a fantastic job offer to continue pursuing her college teaching career. As Georgia College's new Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History, she'll be teaching in her field at a small liberal arts school, with a supportive faculty and lots of freedom to design her classes and inspire students towards further study and excitement about Latin America.
Her new professorship is a tenure-track position, up for review in 3 years. This means we know where we'll be living and working for the next several years, little Milledgeville, Georgia (population 17,715; state capitol up through the Civil War). Smack in the middle of the state, it's a reasonable drive to the coast (Savannah), and to most of Stephanie's family (Atlanta is two hours away, South Carolina a three-hour drive). School starts August 19th, so the move is coming up in just over a month.
In addition to the great opportunity for Stephanie, I'm excited for the move for many reasons centered on the ruralness of the area. Surrounded by the Baldwin State Forest, and a short drive to the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, we'll have no shortage of nearby woods to explore. There are numerous small lakes in the area in addition to the large reservoir Lake Sinclair. Kayaks are likely in our future.
Compared to our tiny Philadelphia one bedroom apartment, we'll be moving to a house with a yard. (We'll also have room for visitors to stay with us comfortably again.) We're optimistic our landlord will let us grow a garden, and in the long growing season of the south (USDA Zone 8!) I'm looking forward to quite the garden, and will try to even get in some greens this fall.
We don't actually know where we're going to live yet, whether we'll find a nice place in town or a few miles out - perhaps towards the lake, or a lot buried in the woods - because we're waiting until we can drive around and get used to the area before renting for the year. To make this feasible, we're moving with a container service who will store our belongings for a month, and we've rented a short-term place for the three weeks of August by negotiating a cheap rate from a furnished vacation rental on the lake. But watching the rental listings, it looks like there will be some good possibilities for September (though I may have to settle for an electric stove).
Other than facing a land where bugs don't die and some folks are still fighting the civil war, we're thrilled.
June was a crazy travel month, mostly vacation or close to it:
- Train to Washington, DC for Stephanie to present at a conference.
- Fly to Vancouver, BC to Alaska.
- Drive down to Portland, OR to visit my parents and work out of our struggling office there.
- Fly back for 4 days back in Philly
- Train to Chicago, whirlwind visit with a dozen friends
- Train and motorcycle to Electric Forest, for 4 days of electronic music, with a sprinkling of bluegrass.
- A day trip to Delaware.
- A weekend train trip to Harper's Ferry, WV, which we've gone through several times on the way to Chicago and like the look of.
- A long weekend in August driving up to Maine, staying on Deer Island near Acadia, and camping in the Boston Harbor islands on the way back.
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