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.
I could see the dark clouds moving in as I left the college around 2:00, but I had a hunch that if I beat the rain to Keddie Cascades, I'd get in some good photography. I was hoping a few new flowers were making their season's debut. At a certain bend in the road - the road named Old Highway - where I photograph Shooting Star, Death Camas, Rattlesnake Plantain, among many others, I thought just maybe the springtime action has begun. And sure enough, as I approached that bend, my son spotted a few Shooting Stars. After taking a few photos, we continued on to the trailhead of the Keddie Cascades Trail, parked the car, and hiked in approximately a mile. I wanted to get at least as far as a certain spring that comes out of the rocky wall on the right hand side of the trail and see if the Hellgrammite I've seen under the same rock for the past two summers was possibly still there. We ended up seeing lots of interesting plants and animals along the trail, and I'll give a full report tomorrow. The Shooting Star was a good omen.