Summer 2015 Newsletter

Summer 2015 Newsletter

reflection North Fork of Middle Fork

reflection North Fork of Middle Fork

I got in two good backpacks this summer, walking the American Discovery Trail from the Truckee River nearly to Auburn. The trail, largely but not entirely coincident with the Western States / Tevis Cup trail, climbs through Squaw Valley to the Sierra crest near Granite Chief, then descends along ridges and through canyons of the Middle Fork of the American River. Though some of the trail is along roads, some is also in remarkably rugged and remote backcountry.

The second backpack was in the Granite Chief Wilderness, mostly to do trail maintenance along the Pacific Crest Trail. The ridge route has become brushed in again in several places, and I was able to clear about 150 feet of the worst, though that leaves quite a bit left to do. Several days into the trip I was going down to the springs in the North Fork Blackwood Creek to resupply with water, when I stepped on a sharp rock on the outside edge of my right foot, and experienced a great deal of pain. I walked out, slowly, and headed home, and when it did not feel OK after two days of rest, went in to get it x-rayed. My fifth metatarsal was fractured, and that ended my backpacking for a while. I have been trying a lighter weight hiking shoe, and mostly enjoyed the efficiency, but have to now admit to myself that they are too lightweight for the type of backpacking I do. So I’ll get a moderate weight pair and retire the lightweight ones to hiking.

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Theatre Summer 2015

A little late to posting summer, and I’d forgotten until tonight when I logged my latest play. I’ve been experimenting with written little short blurbs about the plays in my DayOne journal. Not reviews, just reactions. Those are linked after the entry for each one, but only since I started. Three Shakespeare this season, and another in fall!


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Getting around… with a knee scooter

Cross-post from my Getting Around Sacramento blog: Getting around… with a knee scooter.

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Spring 2015 Newsletter

The first step of my seasonal newsletter is to look at my photos, and realize that I’m months behind on labeling and uploading photos to Flickr, and spending the time doing that. The seasonal collection is at I’ve made slide shows for my last two seasonal newsletters, but don’t have time to do that today.


On the summer solstice, I was on a backpack trip along the American Discovery Trail (ADT), starting the morning in Reno and camping that night alongside Whiskey Creek in the Granite Chief Wilderness. My only other backpack this spring was also on the ADT, this time going from Foresthill to Folsom.

I spent spring break week in southern Utah with my friend Jeff, and a trip we’ve been talking about for probably 30 years. We day hiked Cedar Mesa, and then spent time exploring side canyons with ruins along UT Hwy 95 and Butler Wash. This is an area I definitely want to spend more time in. After spending so much of my growing up time in southern Utah, there was a long period of years in which I did not go, and missed it, so it is great to be getting back there more often.

My winter newsletter reported on my tidying adventure. I’ve mostly completed that, but the trailing ends have proved difficult to finish off because I lost the thread of energy. I will get it all done, but a lesson learned (as the book pointed out) is to not pause until it is finished. I decided to screen slides and then get them scanned at Costco, but that has gone slowly, mostly for lack of time to screen.

Danita & MatthewOf course I’ve been dancing. I attend my local contra dances when I’m in town, though with so much travel I miss probably half. I’m now serving on the board of the dance organization, Sacramento Country Dance Society, and am the communications coordinator. I attended Northwest Folklife in Seattle over Labor Day weekend, going with dance friend Melissa, and spent time with Danita, who I’d not seen in over a year. Unfortunately Temma was out of town, but we still stayed at her house. I’ve been going to the sacred circle dances in El Cerrito any time the dance matches the Sunday Streets weekends. I also made one historical dance, the BAERS Congress of Vienna Ball in Alameda.

After months of delays, the state finally authorized San Juan USD’s Safe Routes to School grant, so in August we will be starting up with a new two-year program. That means I know what I am doing with the next two years of my life, and I’m looking forward to it.

squirrels 3I always enjoy time spent in the bay area, kind of my second home. This spring I participated in the Bay to Breakers “race” for the first time, thanks to the many year’s encouragement of Vicki and other friend. I thought it was a hoot. My early part was mostly spent enjoying the costumes, but as the younger and costumed people started dropping out about half way (too much alcohol), I started walking in earnest and ending up with a decent time of 2:03. Of course the runners do it in about a quarter of the time, but I’m a walker and not a runner. The event is not something I’ll feel compelled to do every year, but I did enjoy it and will do it again.

This year I’m again volunteering for Sunday Streets SF, as a captain. The hours are longer but I so much enjoy working with the staff that I don’t mind. I’ve been doing less of Freedom from Training Wheels since the schedule conflicts. Embarcadero, Bayview/Dogpatch, Mission and Sunset so far, with several yet to go.

light displayThe Market Street Prototyping Festival was a lot of interesting, with livability enhancing designs ranging from silly to profound. My favorite was ChimeSF, a huge musical instrument that could be played by multiple,people. It was not only fun, it was a beautiful piece of design and woodworking. 

With my membership, I saw the major exhibits High Style at The Legion of Honor and Botticelli to Brecht at the de Young.

May Is Bike Month, and my mileage for the month was 836, mostly commuting miles, and all trip-replacement miles. I don’t use public transportation much during the month, except for six Amtrak trips, so that increases my pedaling. Given that I didn’t ride for six days while on my trip to Seattle, I’m fairly impressed with my miles.

I assisted Jim with the LCI Seminar in Davis in April.

Theatre continues to be a joyful part of my life, and the plays I’ve seen this season are at Theatre: Spring 2015

After years of struggling to find the right application and mechanism for posted my calendar events on the Internet, and having every one of them break after a time, I think I have finally found the solution. iosxpert’s CalendarPublisher copies events from Daylite (where I keep nearly everything) to Google Calendars, which I can embed in my blog Calendar. You may be amused at how busy I am, except life slows a bit in summer.

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ADT: Truckee River to Auburn

Last week I walked the American Discovery Trail from the Truckee River most of the way to Auburn, which is segments 2, 3, and part of 4 of the ADT.

My trip started in Reno where I picked up a new rain jacket from Patagonia, but did not find the lightweight hiking shirt I was hoping for, and then camped a ways up Hunter Creek, a nice walk from Patagonia. In the morning I went into Reno, ate breakfast, hung at the coffee shop, and enjoyed the river, then caught the Amtrak Zephyr to Truckee. The TART bus to Squaw Valley, and then on the trail.

Picayune Creek waterfall

Picayune Creek waterfall

Segment 1 of the ADT, which I’ve walked many times but not this trip, starts at the state line and follows the Tahoe Rim Trail down to Tahoe City and then north along the bike path. Segment 2 starts at the Hwy 89 bridge over the river just south of Squaw Valley. I’ve previously tried to find the ADT and Western States Trail (WS) through Squaw Valley, and been frustrated. I still am. The ADT waypoints follow an old pre-1999 route with confusing directions, and in fact partly follow something that I am sure has never been the WS. Since 1999, the WS now stays high on the south side of the valley. Passing Watson Monument, the route diverges from the current WS/Tevis Trail, heading south through Whiskey Creek Camp and then up over the saddle and into Picayune Valley. Picayune was the WS route some time in the past, but I have no idea how long it has been. Picayune is one of my favorite spots, and I’m always happy to hike here again. The route leaves the wilderness at Talbot Campground, followed by a boring walk along a gravel road to Lewis Campground at the head of French Meadows Reservoir, ending segment 2, 27 miles.

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Theatre: Spring 2015

Though I’ve seen Into the Woods many times, and also saw Conner’s showcase of Sondheim titled Marry Me a Little, the breadth of my Sondheim exposure was limited, so I was pleased to finally see another, A Little Night Music, at A.C.T. in San Francisco. It was my favorite of the season, though Trouble Cometh at San Francisco Playhouse and Rapture, Blister, Burn at CapStage were close seconds. Twelve plays for the season.

  • 2015-05-30 ACT: A Little Night Music (Stephen Sondheim)
  • 2015-05-29 Green Valley: VerteFe Cabaret
  • 2015-05-28 Big Idea: Coriolanus (William Shakespeare)
  • 2015-05-16 SF Playhouse: Trouble Cometh (Richard Dresser)
  • 2015-05-15 Green Valley: Dogfight (Benj Pasek & Justin Paul)
  • 2015-05-14 CapStage: The Homecoming (Harold Pinter)
  • 2015-04-30 Celebration Arts: Best of Enemies (Mark St. Germain)
  • 2015-04-19 New Helvetia Theatre: Opening Doors
  • 2015-04-16 B Street B3: Buyer and Cellar (Jonathan Tolins)
  • 2015-04-11 SF Playhouse: Stupid Fucking Bird (Aaron Posner)
  • 2015-04-10 Big Idea: 33 Variations (Moises Kaufmann)
  • 2015-03-26 CapStage: Rapture, Blister, Burn (Gina Gionfriddo)


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New Helvetia Theatre and R Street

NewHelvetiaTheatre_logoThis evening I attended New Helvetia Theatre’s Opening Doors, which is somewhat ironically named, as it is the closing show for the venue on R Street. Founder Connor Mickiewicz and several friends performed numbers from musicals, a revue of favorites and shows never done. The evening was remarkable, silly, sad. With the passion that Connor and friends have, I am sure Connor will find a new home for his vision. Every seat was full, and a second show was added, so there is a lot of support for Connor and the type of theatre and musical theatre he is so committed to. I don’t necessarily think this is a loss for the arts community in Sacramento – Connor is is still here, and his productions will be back.

But it is a huge loss for R Street. R Street is presented as the happening arts and social district of Sacramento. Two years from now, five years from now, everyone will be saying R Street is great, but what it really lacks, to make it click, is theatre. And it won’t be easy to recreate it. Successful theatre is generated by a mix of driving passion by one person or a small group of people, and a large portion of magic that may or may not happen. Will any theatre actors, directors, producers feel welcome on R Street, when they were driven out? I realize that the loss of lease for New Helvetia was the act of a single developer, not the work of the developer community, but I am very, very surprised that the developer community did not recognize the potential loss and come to the rescue. Nor CADA, the agency which has led redevelopment of R Street with the city. Nor the city.

Our community is poorer today than it was yesterday.

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