...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.
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. :)