Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
This is the second of what looks like will be around 6 reports on our hike on Table Mountain yesterday. This time I'm focusing on the geology. Our "many waterfalls" hike did not disappoint. The rock formations here are so amazing that I think they'll be intriguing even after the water stops flowing and the wildflowers dry out in summer. I've consulted several maps and several people familiar with the area, and I still can't get the names fo the waterfalls straight. According to the map in front of me at the moment, the top three photos here are of Ravine Falls, and it's described as 76 feet tall. The next three are called Phantom Falls on one map and Coal Canyon Falls on another. At 164 feet tall, and shooting over a huge cave, they are truly impressive. We had to scramble down a narrow crack full of buckeye and vines to get to the bottom of the falls. The bottom two photos were taken near the base of the falls. Some of these chunks of basalt are more than 10 feet long, but from the top of the falls they look very small, more or less like coal. I wonder.... Besides the impressive rock walls, there's a great variety of colorful lichens. I'll feature some closeups of them in my next post. I think the peak of wildflower blooming is still two or three weeks away. You should schedule a visit.