A sedimental journey, day 4

A sedimental journey, day 4

Up at sunrise. At left is Howell Peak, underlain by (among others) Cambrian Howell Formation. Morning in Marjum Pass. Gary does breakfast. We pack up and start south for the pass. Along the way there is what looks a lot like a landfill. Gary is curious and persuades me to...Read more
A sedimental journey, day 3

A sedimental journey, day 3

Up with the sun. The rain apparently did not fall for long the previous night, and the ground is already mostly dry. It is shaping up to be a cool but beautiful day. We feast on pancakes, bacon, and eggs, and break camp. I pause just outside the camp area...Read more
A sedimental journey, day 2

A sedimental journey, day 2

It does not quite rain during the night, but it seems to have been thinking about it. The forecast is for crummy weather today, which is regrettable considering that Capitol Reef National Monument, our destination for the day, deserves sunny weather. Be that as it may, we breakfast on cold...Read more
A sedimental journey

A sedimental journey

My nephew is getting married. He’s the first of my father’s grandsons to take the plunge, and I am not going to miss the occasion. He’s chosen April 20 for his wedding date, which is somewhat earlier in the year than I usually take my excellent summer geology adventure, but...Read more
A frolic in the snow

A frolic in the snow

And, a final test of my camera before investing large dollars in a new one. Gary Stradling called and asked if I was interested in doing a little snow shoeing while helping him pick up some equipment. Seems he was camping with his son in the snow up by Cumbres...Read more

Out of focus again

Yesterday I noticed walking home that the ground off the path is getting reasonably dry. I told myself, “Self, if the weather is reasonably dry for another week, we can think about some serious hiking.” Sure enough, last night a brief but intense snow flurry came through. Cindy and I...Read more

Spring 2019

The first crocuses of spring. Next to the big chunk of gypsum from the Todilto Formation that I picked up at Mesa Alta. The weather turned miserable again last weekend, dumping several inches of snow. This weekend it’s very spring-like, but that simply means the trails have thawed into a...Read more

Geology, at last

It rained last week, and snow is predicted today and tonight. In fact, the Weather Service is predicting around five inches tonight; I may get a free day of vacation tomorrow. But it was pleasant enough Saturday for me to get together with Gary Stradling and visit the Cerillos Hills....Read more