For spring break this year I went with a group of fellow Geology students down to the South West, Arizona and New Mexico to be specific. If you can imagine 10 people crammed in the turtle van (think airport shuttle) and then driving non-stop 24 hours from Minnesota to New Mexico, romping around and looking at rocks for a few days and then driving 24 hours back, over 8 days with no showers you have a general idea of what this trip entailed.
It also came with the memorable catchphrase, a Dingo ate my Backpack.
But enough of the intro, lets get to the pictures.
These first three are for when we first got to stop in New Mexico, we had some time to kill so we stopped on a side street in some small town and tossed a Nerf football around,considering that we had been driving for the previous 24 hours it felt good to stretch our legs and get some air. Not to mention although it was not tropical, the temperature was around 60 degrees, which seems tropical compared to a Minnesota winter. The people in the pictures are Brian and Alli.
This is a random building I shot from inside the Turtle Van, you don’t see a lot of the religious iconography when you live in the far upper Midwest.
Cactus! This little guy was on a little hillside in Santa Fe where we stopped while figuring out where to meet with the professor.
Alli is trying to stab Jimbo, I am pretty sure he had it coming. No animals, or even Jimbos were harmed in the making of these photos.
This is a crack in a relatively recent ~1000ya basalt flow along the side of I-40 in New Mexico.
It was very windy when we got to Petrified Forest, as Espree is figuring out.
Matt just felt like being photogenic, I guess….
A pile of petrified wood in a little wash in petrified forest, the wood is from ~220my old conifers that were buried and then had mineral replacement replacing the carbon with silica allowing them to be preserved and actually look like wood after all was said and done.
Driving through the valley while on the way to Sedona for the night.
As we were driving into Sedona the sun was setting making for some amazing vistas.
Near Jerome, Arizona, climbing through a barbed wire fence on our way to go look at some formations down in a valley.
Larger clastics in turbidite deposits down in the valley beyond the above mentioned barbed wire fence.
layered turbidite deposits down in the valley.
Down in Grand Canyon, looking at the sandstone bedding.
Kate shows us the scale of the eolian sandstone cross-bedding in the walls of the Grand Canyon.
Alli approves, and thankfully is not being blown off the edge of this rock as it was a long ways down.
Dinosaur tracks, this is up towards the Navajo reservation in North-East Arizona.
Two rather sad looking couches dumped, but apparently still used in the middle of nowhere, Arizona.
This is actually the top of an ultra-potassic sill near the above mentioned couches, but this tree has had a rough life, but still hanging on.
Matt being photogenic as usual, while also taking pictures.
Ship Rock in New Mexico, from a distance.
Ship Rock has several radiating dikes that extend out from the central pipe, this is looking along one of the dikes towards the promontory of Ship Rock.
Ship Rock, and the shadow of the dike.
Some impressively incoherent graffiti, I think Cullen was trying to translate.
Matt, you ultra-photogenic bastard.
This is actually about a dozen separate photos of a the side of Ship Rock all stitched together to make one huge image, my personal favorite.
That was an interesting trip, I may write, or publish more about it at some point, but since this is the first day on the new blog I am going to try to get some more varied content up.