Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
Despite the cold weather, the south-facing slopes around Fredonyer Pass were picking up enough heat from the sun to hint at spring. Here the Mahala Mat looks a little yellowish, but will become a darker blue-green later. The flower buds are showing, though, and I'm confident that spring will arrive eventually.
There are some great lichens near the summit, this patch on a fallen-limb of California Incense Cedar.
The Juniper had lots of healthy-looking berries, but the foliage is rather dull grey. Presumably it'll green up soon.
Here's a juniper dwarfed by a tall Incense Cedar. Lots of lichen near the top.
This chimney has been standing longer than I have. It's a couple miles west of Fredonyer Summit. Used to be a Chevron station among other things.
Near the chimney. this is the view southward toward Quincy. These photos are from Thursday's trip. I went to Susanville again today, but the new set of photos and story will have to wait until tomorrow. I picked up a serious sore throat and I've been fighting an eye infection. It was sunny today, so I got some nice photos. A good night's sleep will put me in the mood to tell about them tomorrow.