In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Michael Umphrey lives in St. Ignatius, Montana, where he is director of the Montana Heritage Project. He is in search of a publisher for his latest book, Love and Death at the Heartbreak Hotel: The Education of a Teacher.
All day long we would pick, seeing places we would never have seen had our mission not drawn us out of our daily routines. We filled cottage-cheese containers and old ice-cream buckets and coffee cans, and we poured them into the bigger containers in the back of the red 1965 Volkswagen that we’d all crammed into for the trip. We drank water straight from cold streams. We ate berries by the handful. We studied squirrels and chipmunks. We ran across deer.