It's a Great Job, Including the Mud!
Welcome to the second issue of the WildIndiana newsletter!
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This past week has seen unseasonable temperatures. Yesterday we were filming in an Indianapolis forest with Food Editor Chef Karl and I was amazed at how far the woods had progressed in the past week.
Skunk cabbage was blooming, which isn't surprising, but so were daffodils! Ramps were poking up from the forest floor and several trees were already showing green buds. It seems likely that the season is going to be early this year so it wouldn't surprise us if early mushroom reports start trickling in from southern Indiana.
Oh yes, the mud- while filming, as is usual, I stepped in a deep, muddy spring that instantly flooded my previously-pristine boots with brown sticky goop....actually, a poopy-looking goop. It was thick stew of rotted vegetation and likely the remains of several thousand insect that died struggling in the miniature tar pit.
I didn't say anything as I was focused on the job at hand and, after all, accidentally stepping into a mud hole is pretty much a normal thing with me. Karl, on the other hand began laughing, as I had stepped in the exact same mud hole one year ago while also filming at the same spot.
While wiping away tears of mirth he said, "It's such an honor to be in the field with you. It's never dull or boring."
I think that was his way of saying "Boy, you are as graceful as a roller-skating buffalo and I really enjoy watching it!"
So, we finished and I headed home after snapping a photo to post on Instagram and Twitter. While I might be as graceful as, say....nothing....I proudly wear my mud as a sign that I've had a hard day at the (outdoor writing) office!