I spent last weekend (May 12-13) at the Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, attending a board meeting (I’ve been a board member for a few years). There was little time for hiking, but we did manage to get out in the rain to walk up the river, where I took some photographs. The ranch is stunning this time of year, with aspen leaves just emerging and song birds arriving in droves, along with a few Canada geese. It was great to visit the ranch and really charged me up for the retreat I’m co-leading there in a couple of weeks, “The Wisdom of No Technology,” a chance to spend time at the ranch without fussing around with camera equipment. It will be a challenge well rewarded. There’s still space in the retreat for a few more people ready for a break from it all, to go to the woods to “see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived,” to quote Henry David Thoreau.


Boulder in Vallecitos River

Boulder in Vallecitos River (copyright Don J. Usner)


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