School is out one more time! As the (majority of the) extension seminar class, we traveled to Las Vegas, NV to start our mostly road trip to Grand Canyon and Death Valley. The Trip was led by our own Dr Gray and Dr Sawyer with guidance from Dr John from U Wyoming.
Not as famous but not forgotten: Thick brecciated normal fault gouges in the Whipples, long hike to the Colorado River with surprise ventifacts and desert pavement, trilobite hunt within Death Valley, numerous copper mine shafts with malachites and azurites... and that afternoon heat.
It was a wonderful trip. I haven't been to any of these destinations and I have never driven for a field trip before. I enjoyed this whole experience. Aside from all the geology, I also learned a valuable lesson: If the recommended packing list has chapstick, you better bring chapstick. Death Valley was probably the driest place I have been...
PS: As it is the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service and we were traveling to two national parks in this trip... I sort of began the national parks passport stamp collection scheme. It's another reason to look forward to traveling. This is not so unlike my strange addiction to Steam achievements. Oh well. It can't be too bad.