In early August (2006) I left Claremont again, heading east for a few months on the road again. From my campsite in the Prescott National Forest (Arizona), a lovely walking trail meandered into a stand of tall Ponderosa pines. Through the years these pine trees became my favorite, due to their deep Burnt Sienna red glow when touched by the late afternoon sun. Many of these grand trees have died due to climate change . . . radically (and sadly) altering forests throughout the west.