Wrapping up from Death Valley


Thanks to everyone who followed me on this trip. I appreciate your support, and have enjoyed interacting and sharing the preparations, experiences and photographs from what was an awesome trip. I had a wonderful time both in person in California, and virtually here in the blogosphere.

I am probably going to self-publish a book from this blog to help remind me of the experiences I had. A print run of one – aren’t Web 2.0 tools amazing! Not entirely sure what online publisher to use, so if anyone has any recommendations, they’d be appreciated.

Thanks again to everyone who viewed and commented on this blog. I had a great time and am looking forward to the next big trip… the 17-day family vacation this summer to California to see the Owens Valley, Yosemite National Park, San Fancisco, and Big Sur… should be a blast, and of course I will be bringing my camera gear.

In the meantime, most of my images can be found over on Flickr. I will be adding to the collection there as I make new ones. Here’s one last image from the trip to California. This is Mobius Arch, or Galen’s Arch – from the Alabama Hills area. This version is composed at a little wider angle than the one I already posted, and it was made earlier that same morning, this time before the sun had risen. Later…


Back to the Grind


The reason I made this trip was to present at the College Board AP Colloqium on equity. That presentation was earlier today, and things seemed as though they went well.

My co-presenter and I – Brendan Murphy from John Bapst HS in Bangor – shared how the AP4ALL program provides Advanced Placement opportunities for Maine students regardless of where they live. I laid the foundation about AP4ALL in general, and Brendan did a really nice job relaying his experiences as an online teacher of AP Calculus BC. We had about 12-15 attendees, and they seemed to enjoy the session.

Is always good to mingle with other educators from around the country. It is motivating to hear how others do what they do, and it is invigorating to engage with professional educators who obviously care very much about what they do.

I will be leaving Los Angeles on Sunday morning and will be traveling all day. I am due back in Bangor by 11pm.

Seems like weeks ago since I was in Death Valley… here’s another image from that glorious morning I spent on the dunes near Stovepipe Wells.


The City of Angels


I enjoyed myself so much at the Mesquite Dunes this morning that I got a late start out of Death Valley and toward Los Angeles. I could have stayed on the dunes all day, but check-out time was reluctantly nearing, so I had to pack up and head toward LA. In the 4 hours I spent out there, I never saw another soul save for when I was getting back into my car.

I had mixed emotions about leaving Death Valley… on the one hand I didn’t want to leave. I was absolutely mesmerized by the stark and unbelievable landscape, and I wanted to stay longer to explore the park further. But on the other hand, I am excited to be here in LA getting ready for the presentation tomorrow, and I am REALLY looking forward to getting home to see the family. I know it has only been a couple of days, but it sure feels like I have been away for a month.

I am presenting at a College Board Colloqium on equity and Advanced Placement. I am presenting about AP4ALL with Brendan Murphy, a math teacher from John Bapst HS in Bangor who teaches AP Calculus BC as part of the program. Brendan doesn’t get in until later this evening, so we won’t likely get a chance to catch up til morning.

Traffic in LA is all it is hyped up to be! I just spent over two hours getting from the outskirts of the city to the hotel. I checked in to the hotel and dropped my bags off, and then went down the street a couple of miles to return the rental car. I threw on a pair of shorts and my sneakers, dropped the car off and ran back to the hotel. After being cooped up in the car for the past 6 hours or so it felt very good to get moving. And before you ask… yes, I really did run all the way.

I don’t have any pics from LA, so here’s another from the sand dunes this morning… did I mention that I liked this place?