After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
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 trail markings and maps provided, we needed to dust off our path finding skills in order to get to the top of Monument Peak. I was imagining a new bumper sticker that would say "Where the hell is Monument Peak?" Bib and I spent the afternoon hiking the 3.4 miles from the parking lot at the South Park Trailhead to eventually arrive at a rounded top of a mountain that had some nice views toward Spanish Peak and Mount Pleasant to the West and various familiar points along Spanish Creek from the Oakland Camp area to Keddie to the North and East. I thought we might find a USGS benchmark at the top, but instead we found a nice little home-made monument of pieces of shale assembled by earlier visitors. I didn't bring my camera for a change, and paid more attention than usual to things above eye level. Fortunately, Bib had her pocket camera and got this view looking North. That little thing takes pretty good photos (I'm referring to the camera.) and Bib also got some blooming wildflowers that I'll post later. It was quite dry - if it were August, I'd say it felt about right. For April, it was a bit scary. Please do a rain dance!!!!