teaching

Sphinx moth pollinating native penstemon flowers in a park reclaimed from an abandoned industrial site. Sphinx moth pollinating native penstemon flowers in a park reclaimed from an abandoned industrial site.
Terrace of the Golden Hotel, the main conference venue, overlooking Clear Creek. Terrace of the Golden Hotel, the main conference venue, overlooking Clear Creek.
Dr. William Austin Cannon, my maternal great-grandfather, out researching the Sonoran Desert near Tucscon, Arizona, in the early 1900s. Photo: Arizona Historical Society Library My great-grandfather, Dr. William Austin Cannon, out researching the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, Arizona, in the early 1900s.
Highway 285 across South Park in blowing snow. Highway 285 across South Park in blowing snow.

Last Wednesday I rushed through my usually quiet morning routine in order to be organized and on-time for my visit to a fifth-grade class at Salida Middle School. I managed on-time; I'm not so sure I was organized.

The first page of the two-page current issue The first page of the two-page current issue
Installing the top row of the blue styrofoam footer forms on a windy afternoon. Installing the blue styrofoam footer forms on a windy afternoon. (We're still "below ground." The tops mark the floor level of the new house.)
Joyful Journey in the quiet before dawn. Joyful Journey in the quiet before dawn.
A sheen of moisture on the paving stoves of my bedroom patio before dusk fell.
The view from my hotel room, looking north up Miami Beach.
The courtyard between the lodge and the hot springs at Joyful Journey as winter sunset colors the Sangre de Cristo Range in the background.

"Begin as you intend to continue," my Scots grandmother used to say. Which to me means,

US Highway 285 across South Park

I'll be on the road for much of the next few weeks, teaching, speaking, and visiting Richard's family, so forgive me if blog posts are less frequent. But I wanted to share some good news before I head over the horizon.

My personal stuff pile, including my new day pack, bought to replace the ratty, thirty-year old canvas one I've had since my climbing days....