Added 11/19/14 2:30 PM
I spent the past three weeks in rural northern Michigan doing ethnographic field research. Just for clarity's sake: I wasn't in the Upper Peninsula. I spent time near Oscoda, Marion, Manistee, and Traverse City enjoying the peaceful drives on back roads and eating in small cafes. Granted, I didn't always get the best coffee in the morning, but hitting the road before sunrise (daylight savings hadn't yet kicked in), and watching the sun come over fields of golden crops and tree tops reminded me how much of the world I'm not exposed to on a daily basis. It's a good reminder for a researcher to have from time to time, because although I pride myself in walking into projects without assumptions, traveling is the best way to live it.