Wanderlusting the Amalia Tuff

Wanderlusting the Amalia Tuff

I visited the Latir volcanic field almost five years ago and saw some pretty interesting stuff. But there is a lot to that area, and I really only scratched the surface. So today I decided to visit the area again. So after breakfast and packing gear, I headed from White...Read more
Serpentinite

Serpentinite

This isn’t a wanderlust post per se. I spent yesterday catching up chores, so that I could do a wanderlust tomorrow (Labor Day) with a clear conscience. Hopefully my next post will be the usual photo-laden account of a geologic adventure. But sometimes I stumble across some facet of geology...Read more
Wanderlusting Cerro Picacho

Wanderlusting Cerro Picacho

Today’s hike has been a long time coming. I visited the area almost two years ago, but it was enough of a last-minute thing that I discovered at the trail head that I had failed to bring a working camera. I knew I wanted to go back and get the...Read more
Fanglomerates, faults, and ‘phytes

Fanglomerates, faults, and ‘phytes

We’ve had a good monsoon season. It hasn’t quite eliminated drought conditions in the state — we had a lackluster monsoon last summer, followed by a dreadful winter and spring — but even the pessimists in the local press admit that we’re in much better shape. The down side is...Read more

A small rant

So Cindy and I are shopping at the local big box store, and a product display catches my eye — mostly because of the stacks of small metal cans, labeled with a label featuring a honeybee and a rattlesnake. I look. The product is a supposed healing balm. The ingredients...Read more
Monsoon season

Monsoon season

New Mexico has a monsoon climate. No, really. It’s true that the annual precipitation in my neighborhood is 16 inches a year, which is not precisely the torrential rainfall one often associates with a monsoon; but the climate pattern is a monsoon climate pattern. We get most of our rain...Read more
Wanderlusting with friends old and new

Wanderlusting with friends old and new

It’s been over a month since my last post, but preparations for the big May trip and mixed weather have limited my hiking. The preparations have come along well. The sprinkler valve replacement part arrived and the leaky sprinkler valve is now tight. The other leak in the basement proved...Read more

The 30th Annual Kent Is No Longer 29 Celebration

Tomorrow, G-d willing, I’ll be receiving my first shot of the Moderna vaccine. By my birthday, on March 31st, I’ll be about as immune to coronavirus as modern science can make me — which is apparently pretty darn immune. So I am tentatively starting to look to the future again....Read more