After earning my B.S. in Chemistry at Cal Poly SLO in 1982, I stayed on the central coast and earned my teaching credential in 1984. With no teaching jobs in the SLO area, I travelled back to L.A. and taught for a year at Hoover High School in Glendale. That following summer, I was fortunate to run into Jack Rose while he was watering his lawn and learned about the opening at SM. Apparently, my predecessor resigned the day before. I've been here ever since.
I love the outdoors. On the weekend, if the sun is out, I'm hiking. I took the picture above when I visited the White Mountains and hiked through the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, one the north side of Big Pine, CA. The trail is a nice 4 mile loop that passes by the the Methuselah tree, found at 11,000 feet above sea level, and is 4,843 years old.
I love to find new recipes and try them out. If I'm staring at my computer screen, I am likely to be looking at pictures of food either on foodgawker.com or tastespotting.com trying to find something new to cook for dinner.
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1) Tufa's at Mono Lake - Click here to learn the chemistry of tufas. (A Common Rock in Rare Form)
2) Devil's Post Pile
3) Rainbow Falls
4) Sunset at Pismo Beach
From the bluff looking down at Pismo Beach
Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe
The first two pictures are snow plants. I was surprised to see about 20 of these unusual plants while hiking in Big Bear in June. The first photo is from that hike and the second one I took in late May 2009 while hiking in the Mt. Waterman area of Angeles Crest. If you want to read about these plants, here's a link.
The next two photos are from one of my favorite hikes through Little Lakes Valley. Starting at Mosquito Flats, the highest designated trailhead (10,300 ft.) in the Sierras that is accessible by car, 3.5 mile hike takes you past some beautiful lakes (Mack, Marsh, Heart, Box, Long, Chicken Foot) to Gem Lake.
While in the Eastern Sierras, I again hiked the 4 mile loop at the Schulman Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. On this trail you will find the Methuselah tree, the oldest tree known at over 4470 years.