Tuesday, June 23, 2009

our summer vacation-Nevada

It has been awhile since my last post and actually its been awhile since we had regular Internet access. This is just a quick update.

 The summer started with a whirl wind trip to Yosemite. We crossed Nevada and did some  geology at 70 mph. We stayed a total of 3 nights in the Silver state. Our very first night of the trip was spent in Cathedral Gorge State Park. Very cool place, reminded me of the Badlands of South Dakota. The sediment is all from a Pliocene era lake bed. The erosional features are cathedral looking hence the name. The best part were the long narrow gullies that are called "the caves".  The picture on the left is from inside one of the gullies.  The picture below is one of the Cathedrals in the park. We then took the extraterrestrial highway to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

 Our final stop on the tour was in Great Basin National Park. We visited years ago and said we needed to visit again. What a fantastic representation of the basin and range province. 
Unfortunately it snowed quite a bit while we were there and we couldn't see everything we wanted to. What amazed me the most was the elevation change from the desert floor to the summit of the park...over 8,000 feet.

more to come when time permits...

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