A hike to the geothermal area in Lassen Volcanic National Park known as "Bumpass Hell" in 2015 revealed a smorgasbord of hiking styles: prepared, not prepared, polite, rude, curious, oblivious, observant, selfish, selfless, etc. So let's count down the winners (and losers)! THE BAD 3. THE SORE WINNER = Only minutes after embarking on our hike (about a three-hour round trip), Cindy … Continue reading Bumpass Hikers: The Bad
A hike to the geothermal area in Lassen Volcanic National Park known as "Bumpass Hell" in 2015 revealed a smorgasbord of hiking styles: prepared, not prepared, polite, rude, curious, oblivious, observant, selfish, selfless, etc. So let's count down the winners (and losers)! THE GOOD 3. THE CHIPMUNK WHISPERER = This young girl makes the list despite breaking a cardinal rule of the … Continue reading Bumpass Hikers: The Good
Two years ago, a trip to Lassen Volcanic N.P. coalesced into a definitive experience, a perfect fusion of the right factors, the right place, and the right time. Out of that experience, I determined to refocus my writing around my passions, a decision which eventually led to this blog. The connections on that Lassen trip ultimately … Continue reading Opportunity Knocks (Me Around)
Now then, where were we? We were discussing something I love, now gone... No, that's not right. Oh yeah, now I remember! TREES! (No, not those trees above, but still... Good trees.) Previously on "Trees, Glorious Trees," I verified the tree service being done at my condo complex was tree trimming, not tree removal, then (remember the … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts on the Trees: Stumped!
I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. And I'm asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs. Oh please do not cut down another one. ~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax A friend of mine calls food his "love language," which is … Continue reading Wednesday Words on the Wild: Trees
The grave and headstone and monument for Peter Lassen, after who Lassen Volcanic National Park was named, are located in a funky little semi-private graveyard outside Susanville, CA. You can see both to the right and left of the tree directly behind the gate. The building you see shelters the monument: The link above to his grave (California Historical … Continue reading In Memorium: Peter Lassen
Cover photo courtesy of Kelley McMorris Mention Island of the Blue Dolphins, and almost everyone says "I love that book!" You either know it and love it, or you need to read it so you can love it. Definitely don't go here (SPOILERS) first. End of review. Anyway, imagine my surprise at finding this: http://islandofthdolphins.weebly.com/ ...a … Continue reading Book Review: Island of the Blue Dolphins
At the end of Island of the Blue Dolphins, (SPOILER ALERT) the main character named Karana is rescued from the island after years of surviving there on her own. The story continued... The real woman who inspired the 1960 book by Scott O'Dell became widely known as "The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island." As … Continue reading In Memorium: Juana Maria