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.
Hiking Poles and Duct Tape, a Marriage Made in Heaven?
In my previous post, I poked gentle fun at people for bringing urban accouterments to their so-called wilderness experiences. I must admit I have poked fun at my wife for using hiking poles, even though I am now more aware of their importance for protecting her knees. And she has made a quip or two about my carrying a roll of duct tape. Well, on yesterday's hike one of her poles came apart and we couldn't fix it in the recommended manner. As you can see in the above and below photos, my duct tape came to the rescue. We hiked a total of ten miles with several thousand feet of elevation change. Today, she reports no knee problems.
So, this pairing worked out fine. I still refuse to bring a cell phone on my hikes. :)