Monday, August 30, 2010

Registration for fall classes... now underway with the Central Oregon Community College's Community Learning program. I'll be leading two hiking classes this fall - exploring the Cascade Mountains and the Three Sisters Wilderness. Hikes for the Cascade Mountain course will cover 5-7 miles; hikes in the Three Sisters will be 8-10 miles in length.

Fall is a great time to get out into the mountains and catch the seasonal changes. Of course, there is also the possibility of some chilly weather, so dress accordingly!

I'll also be leading a snowshoe class that starts in December. Hopefully, Indian summer will last into November, then dissolve into flurries of snow. Of course, there is the threat of some warm weather, so pray for snow!

For more information or to register for classes, visit

Monday, August 23, 2010

Slinging out of Summer...

...and into autumn already? Last night's cold left some frost on the neighbor's roof. Yikes. Too soon.

I'll be complimenting some writing with teaching courses for the Central Oregon Community College's Continuing Learning program and the Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series for the Bend Parks and Rec. The program with BPR will focus on raptors of central Oregon, while the courses with COCC will be two different hiking classes. The courses will explore some of the high Cascade country while it is still snow free. Looking forward to them all.

Submitted my monthly Moab Happenings article today. "September in the Oaks" takes a look at Gambel's oak (Quercus gambelii) named after William Gambel. Gambel was a naturalist who collected plants in the Sante Fe area and on his way to California. After returning to the east where he received a medical degrees, Gambel set out for California again. Unfortunately, while aiding some sick miners in the Sierras Gambel contracted typhoid fever and died at the too-young age of 28. Check out that article and others on the Moab Happenings link. Cheers.