The sabbatical: June 2006 through August 2007.
Part one, the beginning, in the high country of Yosemite National Park.
Part two, through Northern California including Mount Lassen, Mossbrae Falls, and Mount Shasta.
Part three, through Washington State: Mount Rainier, the Olympics, and the North Cascades (each a separate page).
Part four, Montana: A six-day hike across the top of Glacier National Park.
After Glacier, I headed down through Montana and Yellowstone and into Jackson Hole and the Tetons.
I then headed south through Wyoming and Colorado into Moab.
From Moab, I headed northwest across to the Wasatch Front and its maples and oaks.
After the Wasatch, I shuttled up and down Utah to the San Rafael Swell, back up to Salt Lake for a school observation, and back down to Moab again. From Moab, I headed east into Colorado and over the San Juans, and Continued east across the top of New Mexico. I spent about two weeks in the Taos/Santa Fe/Albuquerque area before beginning to curve towards home to end the first leg of the sabbatical.
I still have to write up something from the second round through Moab, the Bioneers conference in Taos, and the Santa Fe/Albuquerque/Sedona/Prescott schools, but I've put up a short section from Oak Creek Canyon and Zion.
The magnum opus: January through March of 2007 I spent in New Zealand.
The first segment begins with Auckland and the Whirinaki Track.
The second segment continues south, across the strait, and on to the Heaphy Track.
The third segment follows south along the West Coast of the south island, including the Copland Track.
Four: The Routeburn and Caples Tracks.
Messing around in Mount Aspiring National Park and on the Dart Track, segment five.
Thanks to Idyllwild Arts Academy for the incredible opportunity to study and travel.
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