One Alumna's Path to Nature

June 4, 2014


In her late 30s, Mary Beth Baptiste ’75 felt that her life was slipping by. So, she escaped a lackluster, suburban life to follow her dream of being a Rocky Mountain woodswoman.

To the disappointment of her tight-knit Portuguese family, she left Massachusetts and a 15-year marriage to her college sweetheart, moving to the Grand Teton mountains in Wyoming to experience a more meaningful life.

There, she worked for the Park Service at Grand Teton National Park, building a new life for herself as a wildlife biologist and being guided by unexpected lessons from nature and wildlife.

Altitude AdjustmentFor the past seven years, Baptiste has been working on a memoir about that journey into the wilderness of both heart and landscape. Called Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons, it was released recently.

One reviewer has noted, “Using gorgeous language, she (Baptiste) tells us intimate truths about her inner landscape while enchanting us with an outer setting of astounding beauty.”

 In 2005, Baptiste asked the Stonehill Alumni Magazine to run a story on alumni who do not break barriers or win major awards, but who live lives of great meaning.

Her article, "As For The Rest of Us," explored how life can be good and beautiful as it is, without a litany of awards. It remains one of the most popular articles featured in the Stonehill Alumni Magazine.

To read it, visit here.  For more on Baptiste's new  book, visit here.