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...Continue reading "A week away"
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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...Continue reading "Tehachapi to Tonopah"
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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...Continue reading "Grasses"
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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...Continue reading "Up Sobrante Ridge"
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October 19, 2003
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...Continue reading "Mantis religiosa"
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Readers may find my most recent piece in the Contra Costa Times of interest....Continue reading "Enn Bee"
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October 18, 2003
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...Continue reading "Old friends"
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October 15, 2003
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...Continue reading "Artemisia tridentata"
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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...Continue reading "Of note"
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October 14, 2003
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...Continue reading "Pelecanus occidentalis"
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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...Continue reading "Down in the creek"
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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 -...Continue reading "Snake"
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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...Continue reading "Up and running"