"Thank you for visiting your national park!” Although we’re closed, please drop by and do your part (Wave from the gate). “Half the park is after dark.” Boo! Not as of late... These days, half’s a good start. Fine. "Stay safe." Stay home. Binge repeats of Bob Ross. “Happy little trees.” Please. You want happy? … Continue reading Lassen Be Sassin’
Going to the mountains is going home. ~ John Muir The photo of Muir, the autograph, and the quote were part of an art display called The Autograph Book of L.A. that displayed part of a collection of autographs curated by Los Angeles City Librarian Charles Lummis, started in 1906. The mountains photo is from … Continue reading Going, Going, Go On
Have you ever started to say something, realized what a mistake you were making, and then successfully finished the sentence in another direction? Yeah, me neither. I mean, I've tried, but even when I've stuttered my way through a semi-coherent replacement sentence, there's always that feeling that the person listening can see right through me. … Continue reading What the Dickens?!
"Students, we have time for one more presentation. Chad, can you explain this picture?" (collective gasp) "That's my homework assignment! Remember? You told us: "So a picture is worth a thousand words? Songs, with far less words, paint worthy pictures, And tell stories, like family trees! Deterred? Don’t be. Trees grow in parks. Take this … Continue reading The Gift of Time and Experience
Question: What are these? "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away..." "It was a dark and stormy night..." "Once upon a time..." Whoever said, "Opening lines," you are correct. Any more guesses? You in the corner, hovering over the snacks. "Story starters?" Perfect! I like that. (Also, a quick thanks and credit … Continue reading Constant Beginnings
Ask a child about their career aspirations, and the question sounds like, “What do you want to be (or do) when you grow up?” Ask an adult about their career aspirations, and the question leans more toward, “If you could do anything else, what would it be?” See the crucial difference? WHEN vs. IF. (Give … Continue reading Where the Path Leads
First things first. This isn't about getting to Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's about finding Lassen in your heart and mind. Question? "So how do I get to Lassen?" Hmm. Maybe I wasn't clear. The purpose here is more, um, more of an emotional and hypothetical journey than a literal one. Yes, ma'am? "Are there … Continue reading How To Find Lassen
The internet is populated by brilliant wildlife photographers. To reinforce this point, I googled "wildlife photography." Big mistake. I easily get lost for hours browsing stunning pictures of exotic places, incredible views, candid moments and gorgeous scenery, all captured in crisp and vibrant detail by dedicated amateurs and true professionals. And then there's me. My photography is comparable to the … Continue reading Peekaboo!
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 FOOLISH 3. THE BOY WHO CRIED "OUCH!" = In a general sense, third place goes to the many, … Continue reading Bumpass Hikers: The Foolish