On our way to our hotel, we practiced being real geologists (okay, real amateur geologists) and "read the landscape" to see if we could identify all the geological features in the diverse landscape through which we passed on our way to Bishop, CA. It was thrilling to see how much we could identify. What used to look like mysterious scenery to me, now tells a story about the sculpting of Earth as we know it today. I've always treasured the outdoors, and now I'm really beginning to understand them and their appeal. This knowledge doesn't take away any of the mystery; rather, my deeper understanding of the ground I hike on and the mountains I climb only fills me with more awe, wonder, and gratitude than ever before.
|Anticlines above a fault scarp indicate high prevalence of tectonic activity in this region.|
UPDATE: Unfortunately, after day 19 I lost internet access and I also lost steam in terms of updating the blog. To sum up the last day: Yosemite was crowded, but lovely. Sequoia had a lot of really big trees.
I wrote a 42-page paper about the geology of the national parks, took a test,
and got an A in the course.
I also I have a long list of places to re-visit some day.