Monthly Archives: October 2016

The first snowfall

The first snowfall always comes too soon. In spite of cooling temperatures and reduced photoperiods summer doesn’t really end until that first winter storm forces you to realize it. It was a quick storm, maybe a day and a half. The Sacramento Valley got the first rain it had seen in months. Indeed the forest […]

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The Astrobiology of Volcanoes

I got a special treat the other day. The chief of our resource division decided that I should see another part of the park so he took me with him to see a small chunk of what his job is about. This was very pleasing to me as it gave me a chance to see […]

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Steadfast

From the euphoric high of the cinder cone I could see for miles. Way off to the west the mass of Mt Lassen, the plug volcano, overshadowed everything. Tree-covered hills traversed the miles until the 20,000 acre Reading fire burn scar, still clearly marked by the roasted tree trunks covering the hills. My north side […]

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