...an unpaid sabbatical. Just call it a break. I've fallen well short of my original goals for this blog and am too busy to continue at this time. Thanks for the comments and feedback people have given me by email and other means. I will continue to find solace in nature walks, with or without camera and notebook, but I will take at least a two-month break from posting here.
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.
Within ten minutes of leaving Barker Pass we got our first clear glimpse of our original goal, the top of Barker Peak. However, the Rim Trail was such pleasant going, and the peak looked like a giant pile of talus, that we decided to stay on the trail and see if it might lead to some sort of "back way" up Barker that wouldn't be so strenuous. The field of Mule's Ears in the foreground was punctuated with Leichtlin's Mariposa Lilies (below), and this one hosted a hungry Longhorn Beetle that was working hard to get a meal. [Story continues tomorrow.]