Thirty years ago this summer my parents took us on our yearly Yellowstone summer trip. I was eight at the time, and this trip was to be my most memorable summer in Yellowstone. My parents knew that there were fires in Yellowstone when we left our home in Utah. Although, I tend to think they were not quite aware of the extent of the fires.
I have vivid memories of driving past walls of trees on fire. There were firemen (and perhaps some women - but this was 1988) everywhere. Looking back, it is crazy to think that we went out driving around the parts of the park that were open. Although, that did not last forever. We ended up getting trapped in Old Faithful. Our reservations had to be moved out of the cabins since they were no longer safer. After we made it out the roof of the Inn ended up catching on fire.
It is an experience that I could never forget, and it increased my awe of both fire and Yellowstone. It is hard to believe thirty years has passed since that summer. There have been some books written about the fires since. I keep meaning to read them, maybe this anniversary is incentive to finally start.
I have been quite busy reading this week. More importantly I have reorganized my N.E.W.T.s (yet again) and determined that I have received Outstanding in both Aritmacy and Transfiguration. This week I was working on Astronomy. I have finished two of the three books, and only have a few hours left in the third book.
A: The Raging Ones
E. Sky in the Deep - almost finished
O: Tracing Shadows
I have already started working on Care of Magical Creatures as well. I am finished with the first book and part way through the second two.
Care of Magical Creatures
A: The Invention of Wings
E: Meaningful and Manageable Program Assessment
O: Golden Son
I am not too thrilled with both Sky in the Deep or Golden Son. It is not that either are bad books, they are not, it is more they are just not my thing. They are both violent and war driven. Thankfully Sky in the Deep is getting less so as I go on. Golden Son has an interesting premise. I just wish it was not quite so militaristic. It makes my eyes gloss over at times.
After this I just have History of Magic to complete. If I stay diligent I think I will receive Outstanding in all five of my planned N.E.W.T.s.
How are your N.E.W.T.s going?
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