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!
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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.
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:
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:
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!
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.