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A Bear Story for the Ages at Gold Rush Days

The bear comes out of the tent. He’s looking for Bill!

I told “THE BEAR” story and sang campfire songs with 4th grade students at MCARLM’s 2017 Gold Rush Days at San Lorenzo Park. I saw fifteen groups of kids over the two days of the May 24th-25th event. Among other things, they also visited a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a general store and a chuck wagon. Best of all, they panned for gold! My many colleagues did a great job and California history came to life!

Bill scared that old bear!

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Tailey-po, Tailey po – give me back my Tailey-po!

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Photo by Sharon Turner

San Lorenzo County Park near King City is a true treasure and the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum is its crown jewel. The folks at MCARLM host a yearly gathering for young people around Halloween. The focus is on local history, legends and – yes! – ghosts. I was invited to the campfire and added a few local ghostly tales to the mix. We had a great time! If you’re in the area, please join us next year.

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Dark is the ghost of Molly Means!

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High Camp – First Snow

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Michael and I squeezed in an October trip to the Sierras this year. We pulled in to the Caples Lake campground on the heels of the season’s first storm – not much below, but wild enough up high. I wrote the poem below while a muscular wind played patty-cake with Michael’s best tent. It’s the worse for wear, believe me. We walked a section of the PCT the next day  in perfect weather.

http://www.verse-virtual.com/robert-walton-2015-november.html

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Yosemite – Unnamed Falls

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You all know by now of my long enchantment with Yosemite. It’s ongoing and continues to spark my writing. Here’s a just published Yosemite poem I’d like to share:

http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=1919

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Big Stump Ghost on KBR

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Photo by Ed Haskell

Not so many years ago, my kids sat around campfires listening to ghost stories told by Ed McKean, among others.  Ed’s “The Big Stump Ghost” was pretty silly, but it was one of their favorites and got retold unnumbered times.  If he ever changed a detail, they called him on it!  My version is not much like Ed’s, but it captures his story-telling style pretty well.  Take a peek at it on Kids’ Book Review:

http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2014/11/kbr-short-story-big-stump-ghost.html

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Convict Lake and other Poems in Verse-Virtual

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Photo by Jon Walton

Verse-Virtual included a group of my mountain poems, several of which have been published previously, in its November issue. I think they work well together and I’m happy to share the news with you all. I appreciate the supportive, collaborative venue V – V provides!

http://www.verse-virtual.com/robert-walton-2014-november.html

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The Dark Monster!

Many great story-tellers never write down a word.  Ed Mckean’s long ago campfire yarns inspired me to write this story and I thank KBR for publishing it.  I hope Ed will like it and that it will call to mind all those big eyes across the fire – Jeremy’s, Jon’s, Patrick’s, Laura’s, Christina’s and Paul’s.

http://www.kids-bookreview.com/search/label/KBR%20Short%20Story

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