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  •  there is that to consider. . . (3+ / 0-)
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    and the other fact of life, RadicalParrot, you already know: you only get one go-around on the earthly plane, so, yes, by all means, find yourself out this way, and you being the geologist sleuth that you are. . .I guarantee you the upper two-third layers of the Grand Canyon is the most prized Paleozoic Era open textbook of geology. Then below, there in the inner gorge, you get yourself into 'deep time,' the basement rocks, and wait until you see the Great Unconformity up close and personal like: 1.2 billion years of missing time revealed in about an inch between the Precambrian and Cambrian rocks. There...does this whet your whistle and appetite to come see for yourself???

    Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

    by richholtzin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:29:17 PM PDT

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    •  I was already sold. (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, helpImdrowning

      Between the ability to satiate my geologic curiosity and the possibility of hiking with other DKers... what could be better?

      You don't need to tease me.

      •  you might even consider. . . (4+ / 0-)

        going with the best and the safest and most knowledgeable: the Grand Canyon Field Institute. I have led many classes for the institute and I can't tell you how many times I heard from the students (average age about 44 years) how they didn't mind paying the bucks for the educational tour, because the instructors were sure not to get 'em lost. Seriously. Anyway, in all my years leading classes I have never, ever once met a rude, bad field institute trekker. I swear. Of course, the only downside to hiking with me was they had to put up with my trail humor and jokes and a truck-load of information throughout the week. But, yes, if you can round up some DKos trekkers, such as the ones that are presently commenting on this hiking supplement, by all means hookup and meet-up. What a splendid way to go about it. (And for some personal info about doing just that write to me via my profile email address and give you the nitty gritty of how best to get these sort of trips organized.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:36:22 PM PDT

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        •  You have roped me in. (3+ / 0-)

          I have a life mission to visit the Grand Canyon now. It will happen.

          But also you have helped inspire me to explore my own neck of the woods. I've done some of that before, but there is so much more I can see and learn.. and so much more of the northeast than the finger lakes region.

          Alone, probably, but I'm trying to hook some friends into it too... I want to explore this region and learn everything there is to learn about its geological history. I'm truly inspired at this point... and really motivated. That doesn't happen often.

          Please let us keep in touch. Your passion for natural history has inspired me and awakened something in me I have never felt before. When (not if, but when) I make it out your way, I will have to insist we meet.

          Thank you.

          •  you're on. . .once an educator. . . (2+ / 0-)
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            RiveroftheWest, helpImdrowning

            always an educator. I've had my kicks over many, many years, and got paid for it, and got to meet some of the greatest people on the planet doing it. Anyway, I sent you a message earlier on your profile email account. We'll hook up that-a-way. And I am very happy you found some inspiration along the way. i never really know how these diaries might affect some folks, but apparently with you ...I do. And I am flattered!

            Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

            by richholtzin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:25:42 PM PDT

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