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've been an irregular regular since 1977, not longer after the place opened. Morning Thunder was originally in a building that no longer exists, then it moved to its present location. Somewhere around 1981 or 1982, I collaborated with craftsman Mark Houston to create an addition to the above sign. It said Cafe in blue lettering. Some years later, when Patti took ownership, she changed the name to Patti's Thunder and gave me the Cafe sign where it still resides above my kitchen sink. Patti, in deference to local culture and tradition, has kept what remains of the original wooden sign and has added her own variations (below photo).
Patti does a great job every year maintaining the flower garden in front, but also loves wildflowers and hiking in the forests around Bucks Lake. She recently hiked on the trail I've been calling Mill Creek Trail, and she reports the arrival of many showy flowers that had no yet bloomed when I hiked there a couple of weeks ago. Among others, she reports the Leopard Lilies are blooming and the Blue Camas is still blooming. He described a couple of others that I was not sure about, based on her description, but got me excited about going back up there. I'm not not finished with my treatment on this blog of my last visit, but within a day or two I'll have new photos and stories to add.
Here are a couple of closeups from the garden in front of Patti's Thunder. By the way, the food is great, too.