It’s official — my junior sabbatical (technically “junior leave”) has begun. I’m free from teaching, college service, and academic advising for a whole year. I’m being paid part-time, but it’s worth it!
In addition to the mountain of research-related goals I’ve set for myself, I also want to get outside and explore more of the area. I’ve succeeded so far, spending the first weekend visiting colleagues at UC Merced and hiking in Yosemite.
Ok, so not every weekend’s going to get views like this one. I’ve been also doing some long bike rides in Portland (long for me, at least) — part of the 10 best rides in Portland, a map that has quickly become my go-to guide. Last weekend I biked to the summit of McKenzie Pass — the views were as good as I had heard, including the vast lava fields near the top.
So far, the start of sabbatical has been great.
P.S. My summer students are maintaining a blog of their research – The Pathway Not Taken – check it out!