Change definitely in the air,
high on this 80th day of summer down 27 degrees to 82,
greeting Harriet's nephew Alex and his belle Wanda,
after their visit,
up the great inclined slope of the Sierra: Auburn Trestle
within sight of the Granite Chief Wilderness,
up and over the divide to the
Grade with views of
to just above
Lodge, begins the walking route... part of a series of day hikes that stretches years back to the California Coast, and may be coming to its conclusion.
The way is not particularly walker-friendly, though viewful, with law enforcer hovering about (the bike route merits toting one along as a precaution).
Down to a parking area adjacent to Galena Creek County Park, one has the sense of being basically out of the mountains and on the upper slopes of the greater Reno Valley area.
The Californianesque Sierra of the Eastern Tahoe Basin is behind us. The last two shuttlehikes of the day are long ones, far enough away from the turnout-parked car that one fears a citation or tow. Both returns entail stress, finding a firetruck temporarilly pulled over behind the vehicle the first time (simply allowing others to pass), and a second patrolmen stopping briefly at the final return to ask after well-being. Yes, fine thanks, but, privately, enough already. And it may be.
Back in the car,
driving further northeast,
downslope, is perhaps an explanation for why there has not been over-safety-ing behavior, as there was the third-to-last walk last season. A traffic accident near the junction of 395 has called area personnel to the scene.
It is time to leave this scenario.
With the prospects of three-hours-from-residence,
through the Reno Valley,
has definitely been
part of the summer experience,
going back well before
Back in the Sacramento Valley,
detour to UC Davis
Library once more, with a very leisurely agenda,
and time to accomplish same (the basically successful quest includes Arnold Schoenberg's Eight Songs, Op. 6, No. 3; Igor Stravinsky's Two Melodies, Op. 6, and Two Poems of Paul Verlaine, Op. 9; Paul Hindemith's Eight Waltzes, Op. 8, No. 1; and Dmitri Shostakovich's Hamlet, Op. 116), the building again open until 2am, due to exam week.
But in this case, c. 10-11pm seems to suffice, in a space unusually crowded, given that it is usually visited by this writer in the hour-or-so before closing.
Return homeward to compose the 21st page of Hamlet and score-study system 6 of Alban Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6, No. 1.