Posted by: rdkpickle | 08.29.2015

summer recapitulation

What a fantastic, and fantastically long summer. This summer, I:

  • Drove across the country – twice
  • Drove through 22 states + D.C. (South Carolina was accidental.)
  • Attended Brentwood High School and Flint Hill graduation ceremonies
  • Visited the Museum of Mathematics in NYC
  • Saw Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, and more at Dia: Beacon
  • Went to two weddings
  • Hiked. Mountains! Alpine lakes! Wildflowers! Geysers! Bison! Elk! Yellow bellied marmots! (No bears.) ((That we saw. Fairly positive plenty saw – or heard – us as we sang our way through Black Hills, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Sawtooth, Tahoe, and more.))
  • Played the license plate game and found every state except Rhode Island. Come on, Rhode Island.
  • Hung out with @sarcasymptote in Yellowstone National Park
  • Read How Children LearnMake Just One Change, and Eleanor and Park
  • Listened to a lot of great new music: recent faves include Tyler Lyle, Jason Isbell, Liza Anne, Lucy Rose, Best Coast
  • Attended #tmc15 in Claremont, CA
  • Gave my first-ever conference presentation at #tmc15 on Better Questions
  • Wrote and performed another “camp song” with Sweens and @calcdave
  • Oh, and moved to California.

dream team

grand prismatic

grand canyon of yellowstone

mt washburn wildflowers


The hiking, driving, on-the-road summer gave me plenty of opportunities to be quiet and feel connected to nature. I embraced my in-between state, enjoying both solitude and simple times with friends and family across the country.

Summer has ended but its spirit lingers. Happy 2015-2016 school year, all!




  1. Rhode Island is the only one we didn’t see when we went to Yellowstone/Glacier/Idaho last year! Well, one of us is pretty sure he saw it, but since we were driving behind it we couldn’t get close enough for confirmation.

  2. I just saw this and it helped me, just for a minute, re-live our awesome summer adventure…man, oh man. Now back to making answer keys. Forever. (p.s. I don’t know when I made this account, but I TOTALLY forgot my first year at FHS when my students called me Tannerbug!!!)

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