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Sanborne-Skyline Campout

Michael and I spent the weekend at Sanborne-Skyline County Park, searching along the San Andreas Fault for earthquake evidence and enjoying a pleasant evening hike up the mountainside to Skyline Road.

Todd Creek Redwoods
Michael walking through the Todd Creek Redwoods


Jeffers in Big Sur

Though Robinson Jeffers only visited Big Sur occasionally, yet Big Sur was Jeffers' stage, his backdrop, and even his protagonist. It deserves our attention as Jeffers enthusiasts. Big Sur, in a very real sense, was the rough wild country that Jeffers' Carmel could never be.

Birthday Hike

Lorquin's admiral perched on poison oak

I ventured off on my 50th birthday to try my healing foot on the Soberanes Canyon trail. The spring flowers and butterflies were out in force. I hiked up along the stream and then down the trail. One of the highlights of the trip was seeing a Lorain's admiral butterfly perched on some similarly reddish poison oak.


Finding His Form

The prosody of Robinson Jeffers is not easy to summarize in a few words, if only because it varies. Perhaps it can be summed up as a blend of accentual verse and enjambed prose. I say “prose” because we have recordings of Jeffers reciting his verse as prose, heeding punctuation (commas, periods, etc.) more than line breaks. Alternatively, we could “kill the author” and address the work on its own terms, without any regard to how the poet recited it, or even what he said about it.

The Golf Course

Carmel Pine Cone, February 3, 1915

“The Carmel golf course is situated south of the village and follows the ocean front from the end of the beach to the mouth of the Carmel river.

“It is a ten hole course which for scenic beauty and interesting natural hazard cannot be surpassed. Philip Wilson, the manager, laid out the course, and his claim is that this course, excepting the old turf, contains better golfing possibilities than any in Scotland.

“A club-house is a feature maintained by the management.”


Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. … I ought to go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. — Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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