Nature Walks 2016: Table of Contents

Giant Wide Toyon Pine Tree
Cuesta Park, Mountain View

I sit at the computer too much— writing haikus every day inspired by music, films, poetry, and interesting readings. One of my friends who has taken me on Bay Area hikes when Foothill College Computer Labs were closed, has back pains, so we hardly made any hikes this year. To make up for this deficiency, I'm including two talks at Stanford on Peregrine and Raptors because J.A. Baker hiked ten years in Essex observing peregrine and ornothologist Hans Peeters surveyed raptors in California for 30 years. I've typed passages from film director Werner Herzog's book Of Walking In Ice (1978) on his three-week walking pilgrimage from Munich to Paris (23 November-14 December 1974) to save his mentor Lotte Eisner's life. His heroic endeavor inspired my poem "Walking Pilgrimages" (4-18-2016). My Notes to Poem honors the pilgrimages of Descartes, Shivapuri Baba, and those on Shikoku Pilgrimage and Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage. While I've not undertaken such lengthy pilgrimages, some of the walks I've taken were done as part of my philosophical quest for enlightenment. I honor my spiritual mentors who have brought me much illuminations and blessings. Note: Lost my 12 GB USB with 16 months of work at Los Altos Library (August 28, 2016) without backup. Need to recompose web pages below from hard copies. (P.Y. Chou,

Date of Hike or PhotosPlace of Hike or Visit
Monday, February 2, 2016 Book Discussion on J.A. Baker's The Peregrine,
Stanford Univeristy, Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Hans Peeters' "Discovering Raptors",
Stanford Univeristy, CEMEX Auditorium
Monday, February 15, 2016 Cuesta Park, Mountain View
Friday, April 15, 2016 Of Walking In Ice, Munich to Paris
23 November-14 December 1974 by Werner Herzog
Monday, April 18, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Poem: "Walking Pilgrimages"
Notes on "Walking Pilgrimages"
Friday, July 1, 2016 Bayland Shoreline Park, Mountain View
Friday, December 30, 2016 Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo
Thursday & Friday,
December 29-30, 2016
Hau Beiren @ 100: Works from Old Apricot Villa
Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos

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