Creek Running North October 2003 Archives

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October 26, 2003

A week away

Off tomorrow, back in town Saturday. I'll be doing some writing in the Mojave and will post some of it here, fudging the dates through the magic of Movable Type's Power Editing function so that it appears, in retrospect, as...

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October 24, 2003

Tehachapi to Tonopah

On Monday, I launch myself south and east into the Mojave, my first trip there in two years. I've been imagining the first day's drive along I-5 for the last few days. There's something hypnotic about that stretch of the...

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October 22, 2003


On most days when San Francisco and Oakland are swathed in pea-soup-thick dismal, I can stand in the sunshine on my front porch and watch the fog. It stops at the crest of the hill between our house and the...

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October 20, 2003

Up Sobrante Ridge

Another mantis today: this one on the front door, three inches long and shamrock green. We moved it to the backyard again, this time to the Thai basil in the vegetable bed. My friend Matthew and I found it as...

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October 19, 2003

Mantis religiosa

On Friday night I went to the front yard to water the garden, and found a preying mantis on the coil hose. Startled, it jumped onto my pant leg. My garden is several things. It's a collection of plants I...

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Enn Bee

Readers may find my most recent piece in the Contra Costa Times of interest....

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October 18, 2003

Old friends

This has been a summer of reuniting with the long-lost. Last month there was an all-too-brief visit from Jamie Moore and Bill Harris, who kept me sane during my stay in DC from 1984-87, and whom I hadn't seen for...

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October 15, 2003

Artemisia tridentata

A few years back I spent a few days in the vicinity of Berlin. No, not that one: the interesting one, in central Nevada, with the ichthyosaur fossils. I was with a friend. She'd visited the state park there the...

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Of note

The estimable Rebecca Solnit has a wonderful piece in the current London Review of Books. An excerpt: The two coasts of the United States often strike me as rather like a pair of parentheses enclosing the inchoate outback, a part...

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October 14, 2003

Pelecanus occidentalis

Driving across the Bay Bridge this morning - I'm reluctant these days to expose my broken, unshod toe to the possibility of being trodden upon in a crowded BART car - I saw a brown pelican gliding smooth and low...

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October 12, 2003

Down in the creek

The creek is very low this week. Through Fernandez Park it's not so much creek as a rosary of stagnant pools, connected one to the next by slow trickles through the watercress. Downstream, the grade increases slightly through the Corps...

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October 11, 2003


Longing desperately for the Mojave yesterday, I decided to haul myself up the hill to the botanic garden in Tilden Regional Park. The Tilden Bot is a more than half-century-old collection of California native plants, arranged in regional fashion -...

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October 10, 2003

Up and running

Well, not me, yet, though I can walk fast. It looks like I'm still in broken bone mode for the next couple weeks. No, I'm talking about Creek Running North... which has been delayed these past few weeks by server...

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