Sometimes the places I explore don't fit into one particular field trip, so I put them into a post like this. Enjoy!
The Snake River where it enters its namesake Snake River Plain in eastern Idaho. The river here is a hybrid braided and meandering -- meandering because of the low topography, and braided because of its seasonal heavy sediment load. The current is fast enough for terrific fishing and boating, but slow enough to be easy. Location: between Rigby and Ririe, Idaho.
Mostly on the U.S. West Coast Some of the pictures I take while traveling don't fit neatly into distinct field trips, so I'll group them into posts like this. They still tell the fascinating story behind the scenery!
Belize is home to the largest reef in the northern hemisphere! It's an inexpensive, friendly, subtropical paradise - and they even speak English, so what are you waiting for? We'll explore the reef, float through an underground river, and visit a unique zoo.
Visit America's best preserved volcanic features at Craters of the Moon National Monument in the middle of Idaho -- cinder cones, spatter cones, fissures, tree molds, pahoehoe and a'a lava flows, and of course awesome lava tubes! There's something for everyone!
Madison River, Firehole River, Grand Prismatic Spring, Old Faithful
Come see Yellowstone like few see it - in early Spring before the grass turns green, before the animals completely lose their winter coats, and before the crowds arrive. This trip covers southwestern Yellowstone from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful.
Tour North America's longest undammed river, the Salmon in Idaho, from its headwaters to the canyon where Lewis and Clark had to give up and turn around. In this trip, we'll see it in early Spring when the snow has just melted off the lower valleys but still caps the peaks. I'll take you there in Summer and Fall in later trips.
In addition to having some of the best mountain scenery in North America, the Kananaskis Trail (highway 40) south of Banff is a Mecca for geologists. Take a road trip to see this world-class scenery through the eyes of a Geologist!
Mesa Falls, Yellowstone Region Upcoming posts will include: USA: Yellowstone and its neighborhood (several trips) Hebgen Lake Earthquake Area Grand Canyon Mt. Rainier Mt. St. Helens Crater Lake Newberry Caldera the San Andreas (all of it!)
In the 25 years since I got my Ph.D. in Geology, I've taken hundreds of curious travelers on field trips to some of Earth's most fascinating places -- some well-known, others off the beaten path where the really good stuff is. It's about time I shared those trips with every curious traveler! I'll post them regularly here. Enjoy! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org