The end of another chapter and the start of a new!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Good morning (or perhaps it is afternoon or evening) to each and every one of you,

For those of you who are familiar with my travel blog from my time in Senegal you know what you're getting into.  For the rest of you, well, I can assure you, you're in for a monthly treat.  I ask a favor to everyone however that you let me know if you DO NOT want to be sent this email and I will gladly and with a tear remove you from my address (actually I think you can do it yourself somehow...), or if you know of someone who'd like to be added...please let me know! 

I cannot promise you perfect prose or thrillers or mysteries, although I will attempt at times, to pull you into the exciting moments of my next chapter: Song of India (I love that tune, do you know it?)  But before I begin this next chapter, for I in fact, at this very moment admit that I do not know when it shall start so, I shall first give a brief synopsis of what has happened since graduation from my studies in Landscape Architecture


 (which for those of you who did not know, my classmates, MLA program, Peace Corps Fellows, roommates and new AZ friends, made my time in Tucson aMAZing!! I loved it there and I miss those mountains and my chickens: Chuck Doris, Bruce Phyllis, and Vin Leisel. Take care of those cluckers 2314!!)

So after Tucson, I went to Alaska  Arctic Alaska

 with my dear Arthur Bassett.       Big Smiles  

 Lived in fair Fairbank-eh. Was a dog handler for Windy Creek Kennels 
 (aka poop picker-upper and dog-feeder extraordinaire I was).    

                                                  With the dogs!

I also worked for Alaska Center for Energy and Power and learned a HECK of a lot and met some GREAT people along the way and got to see tons of old friends! Got to do a bit of backpacking, camping, and road tripping but really, the mosquitoes this year were CRAZY and I got  hit by a tumbling rock on my shin (my cat-like reflexes did not move me quick enough out of harms way)...if there are trails, keep to the maintained ones and write to your local parks to make sure signs are erected clear as day! It was raining the day of the incident and many fair-weather hikers may or may not have used my rock collision as an excuse to cancel the rest of the overnite and instead opt for warmer, dryer places. I did however have a golf-ball sized hematoma and felt like fainting, I also felt like a pansy for turning around from the best hike ever (Reed Lakes at Hatcher Pass is awesome!) but alas, the pansy is also beautiful and so following a good nights sleep and ice, I was fine for my flight back to Maine AND I got to have an aMAZing vegan brunch shared with very dear friends following the incident (no I am not Vegan contrary to what many first time meeters of Desneige may think, my eating habits are simple: eat good food ((local is best)) and always share it in good company!)

                                                 Good Food

 Good bye Alaska for it may be a while before I visit again...

Now...I'm back in Maine              Belfast Harbor
with my family before the big India trip.  Here I await like the leaves on the trees that are waiting to turn and take the next big step: fly!  My VISA is being held up.  The inch thick application I had to prepare in order to apply for the Research Visa, can't fit through the mail slot at the Indian Consulate...however, last night I had a dream that it came!  So maybe sometime this week I'll know more! It's simply positively horrible being in Maine at this time of year though: the sun is always out, the air is clean and crisp cool, there are fairs galore, and my family is awesome. Man, Maine is sure a bummer at the cusp of autumn...NOT! I feel very lucky to be here and am enjoying my time in limbo swimming, paddle boarding, visiting friends, cooking, swimming, walking on the beach, eating lobstah
                                                        Lobstah Dinnah
conversing with loons, still swimming....etc. I just wish there was a dog...Bruce, Fluffernut (aka Marie Curie), Old Lady Allie, and the gang of 36, I  miss you!

Woah, I've written too much!  May you all be in peace like the image below when this read finds you.  

                                                    Lake St George Mornings

Enjoy and if you dare, stay tuned for the next, when hopefully I'll actually be in India!

All my love,

Desneige "of the snow" Hallbert (pronounced Hall-bear ((like Colbert in the Colbert report)) since getting my Masters*)



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Ashley on

Love this Desneige!! I will be up this weekend, would love to see you!!

Beverly Clark on


It's so good to hear from you and know you have graduated and are having fun and meeting wonderful people. Keep PHH in mind during your travels and keep sharing the info; loved reading about your adventures!


Sandy Hallbert McFerran on

Love that you have this blog going again - hope your Visa comes soon and you can embark on you next adventure! With this blog up I won't have to hound your Dad for updates :)

Love you -
Aunt Sandy

Marcia Cassino on

I can't wait to read about your exciting India adventure. What a great opportunity!!! I don't think that I will ever get to experience India so I am going to live it through you. No pressure!! lol : ) Safe travels Desneige. Your den mother misses you!!!

pat Christensen on

Greetings Desneige! I'd love to follow your adventures :0 My email address will soon be only ~ dropping the wildcrafters one. That is the email I ;use for facebook as well, patc etc... Good luck in your travels, adventures, luck and love Desneige !!! oxxoox the bath salts carry on....... :)

Kerry on

You silly! Favorite parts: "make sure signs are erected clear as day!" "Conversing with loons!" "And, *parent approved!" You can never write too much on here, I say. Please, update as often as possible! Hope to chat before you go! Bon voyage!

Amelia on

Can't wait to hear more as your journey evolves! You are just wonderful!

Lauren Schroeder on

Hi Desneige! Tucson misses you! Wonderful blog, thanks for sharing. I can't wait to hear about your India adventures; India is an assault on your senses and I mean that in the very best way. We've had good monsoons this year, which limits pool time but cools off the temps. I started a new job with Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, sad to leave the IRC but is was time. And, Christa and I are getting a golden doodle puppy in 3 weeks!! We picked him out last week, a rollie pollie bundle of adorable! We're naming him 'Jackson.' That's it from this end. Much love! -- Lauren

kelsey on

desneige! thanks for sending me the link to your blog. that was a fun morning read! your adventures sound wonderful. good luck with your india travels. i so look forward to reading more. and CANT WAIT till the next time we randomly bump into each other at a house gathering in some town along the way. lots of love, dear one! love, kelsey

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