A "geoblog meme" means that one of my fellow geology bloggers has started something and challenges the rest of us to follow suit. This meme is a fun one: tell about your travels this year. Because it looks like I won't get out in the field for the rest of the year, I'm ready.
In March I did some poking around my city's rocks for a talk I gave to a local group, Friends of Sausal Creek. That's when I discovered some excellent blueschist right in Oakland. (That project later turned into an interpretive sign at a big city park.) Later that month I went to Pebble Beach, site of many marvelously exposed sedimentary structures.
Oakland blueschist Geology Guide photo
In April I went on a field trip to coastal Sonoma County, California, where some wonderful seaside rocks appear to have signs that ancient mammoths used them as scratching posts. And of course there was the world's first geophooning expedition, an ophiolite hunt I conducted for some friends.
In May I took a nice long drive to a science meeting in Anaheim, seeing things like vernal pools, the 100-year-old oil gusher at Maricopa, the San Andreas fault, the tar piles of Carpinteria Beach, the Morros of San Luis Obispo, the spectacular lava pillows of Avila Beach and much more.
Vernal pool, San Emigdio Mtns Geology Guide photo
In August I had an unexpected opportunity to take a week's jaunt through eastern California. That trip included a revisit to some favorite southern Sierra Nevada roadcuts, a glimpse of high desert Earth art, mighty Owens Dry Lake, the bristlecone forest of the White Mountains, Long Valley caldera, remarkable Benton, Yosemite, Hetch Hetchy valley and more.
Owens Lake bed from Cerro Gordo Rd Geology Guide photo
September featured a splendid day trip through the Smartville Ophiolite under the guidance of Eldridge Moores. That led me to compile my gallery of ophiolite rocks.
In October I paid a visit to Manhattan and upstate New York. One highlight of that trip was a jaunt to the out-of-the-way fossil forest of Gilboa, a landmark in the history of paleontology. In the lovely town of Cazenovia, I spotted the sign that sparked my gallery of geological road signs.
And in November after the annual GSA meeting in Denver, I was invited to spend a few days in Glenwood Springs, a classic hot-spring resort deep in the Rockies. Beautiful Mount Sopris south of Carbondale was just one attraction; Glenwood Caves, high above the town, and Colorado River gorge were just two more.
Mount Sopris Geology Guide photo
I can see that for the rest of the year I'll be processing, annotating and posting photos. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.