Category Archive: Historical Geology

Jan 09

Big Bend Inspired Piano Improv

The Sunday after my trip to Big Bend – I was playing in church (as I do every Sunday) and I had to improvise something to cover the time for communion.  This is a recording of that improvisation. I’m not saying the whole 6 minutes is riveting – it’s not, but there are parts of it I actually …

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Jan 07

The Petroleum Museum

January 7 journal 12:10 -The Petroleum Museum, – Midland, tx Looked at 6 different oil and gas ‘traps’.  The traps are classified according to the geological processes which form them. Anticline, fault, lens, pinch-out, reef, and truncation traps The first time geology was used to help locate oil sites was looking for lifting of the crust …

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Jan 06

The People

The diversity of personalities on this trip is ridiculously AMAZING. I won’t name names so I don’t violate confidences, but here is a sampling of the characters I’ve come to know over the past week. One guy who left a six-figure job and a family business to become a law enforcement professional. A mother of …

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Jan 05

Banditos, flash flooding and the Closed Canyon

The next stop on our itenerary was the Barton Warnock nature center.  However, we discovered it was closed. (As Gomer Pile would say, Surprise, surprise, surprise) We proceeded to try Ken Burns again – nope. – out sick! So we drove to what turned out to be one of my favorite hikes so far – …

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Jan 05

Gun Shots and Border Patrol

Santa Elaina canyon. Steep climb and then no problem. Took lots of pictures. Remembered hiking this way on a previous trip and putting my hand on a cactus. The little microscopic splines stuck with me for a long time and clearly left a lasting impression on me. On the way back I picked up a …

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Jan 05

Return of the Green Gulch

As we neared the head of the Lost mine trail we found ourselves rising in elevation such that we noticed the emergence of bone fide trees in a field of ancient volcanoes referred to as the Green Gulch.  Trees were once abundant here until the miners virtually striped the landscape of them.  Then in the 1940’s, cattle overgrazed it down to …

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Jan 04

With Averted Vision – the McDonald Observatory

7:32 – arrived at McDonald Observatory We hurried up to the amphitheater where we could see a brilliant green laser beam gesturing at different points in the sky.  The speaker had a very clear voice and a well rehearsed, easy manner if explaining the cosmos above. Visible above us he showed us a “visible mist …

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Jan 04

Princess Cactus

Stopped for lunch in the Rio Grande valley camp area 1:10 depart The Hot springs heat source is 1500 feet below the ground heated by the earths core. The one we visited was commercially developed as a resort destination in the 1920’s.  On the way to the pool, Mrs. Valle explained that the 16 million year old …

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Jan 04

The Singing Mexican – Boquillas Canyon

January 4th, 2011 7:29am departed Prude Ranch 7:52am Saw a herd of Elk which were reintroduced in the 1980’s.  Looks like their doing just fine. 9:20 Viewing beautiful Chisos mountains Occitillo plants are abundant On the drive we saw majestic columnar basalts.  (My iPhone didn’t do them justice) 9:53 sparking reflections of Gypsum all over …

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Jan 03

Three Strikes and We’re Out

January 3rd, 2011 4:00am – I left my sleeping wife Mary and three children and flew out the door towards Weatherford. I packed everything I needed last night so I slipped on my clothes and took off. 5:30 – Arrived at a dark and cold Weatherford College parking lot and joined a cluster of cars …

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