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Monday, July 30, 2012

I'm caring for my mom now, & miss blogging

I'm in Ohio and have to go to a Starbucks to get Internet connection via my iPad.  I wish I was back home, but my mom needs help.  Family comes first.  It sure is hard having a 95 year old step dad with a blood disorder that is now causing him to fall. When he stands his blood pressure drops drastically and that causes the falls.  My mom is 89  & has health issues of her own. I wish I could bundle them up and bring them to my home, but their doctors and such are here, so here I am until my brother comes to help & relieve me.  It takes a village to take care of the elderly. I'm just glad they are finally getting some help they so desperately needed. & I can get a little bit of a break.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

American 101 Geo-Sites Meme

I saw this over at Looking for Detachment on July 22 and decided I'd do it only I had to wait for awhile before I could get to it.  

 American 101 Geo-Sites Meme

Callan Bentley has a new geo-meme up over at Mountain Beltway, based on the book 101 American Geo-Sites You’ve Gotta See, by Albert Dickas. I've bolded the ones on the list that I've seen.

So now its my turn to bold what I've seen;  Well I tried to bold things  and it just didn't work so instead I'm making them red.

1. Wetumpka Crater, Alabama
2. Exit Glacier, Alaska
3. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
4. Meteor Crater, Arizona
5. Monument Valley, Arizona
6. Prairie Creek Pipe, Arkansas (I'ts now called  Crater of the Diamonds)  I'm surprised Hot Springs isn't included for Arkansas
7. Wallace Creek, California
8. Racetrack Playa, California
9. Devils Postpile, California
10. Rancho La Brea, California
11. El Capitan, California
12. Boulder Flatirons , Colorado
13. Interstate 70 Roadcut, Colorado
14. Florissant Fossil Beds, Colorado
15. Dinosaur Trackway, Connecticut
16. Wilmington Blue Rocks, Delaware
17. Devil’s Millhopper, Florida
18. Stone Mountain, Georgia (tried to see it but the road was closed to the top due to road work.  I was on the base of it. Does that count?)
19. Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii (I did see Haleakala on  Maui )
20. Borah Peak, Idaho
21. Menan Buttes, Idaho
22. Great Rift, Idaho
23. Valmeyer Anticline, Illinois
24. Hanging Rock Klint, Indiana
25. Fort Dodge Gypsum, Iowa
26. Monument Rocks, Kansas
27. Ohio Black Shale, Kentucky
28. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
29. Four Corners Roadcut, Kentucky
30. Avery Island, Louisiana
31. Schoodic Point, Maine
32. Calvert Cliffs, Maryland
33. Purgatory Chasm, Massachusetts
34. Nonesuch Potholes, Michigan
35. Quincy Mine, Michigan  (Don't know if I've been to that mine but I've been to a mine where they got the iron ores that used to make steel.)
36. Grand River Ledges, Michigan
37. Sioux Quartzite, Minnesota
38. Thomson Dikes, Minnesota
39. Soudan Mine, Minnesota
40. Petrified Forest, Mississippi
41. Elephant Rocks, Missouri
42. Grassy Mountain Nonconformity, Missouri
43. Chief Mountain, Montana
44. Madison Slide, Montana
45. Butte Pluton, Montana
46. Quad Creek Quartzite, Montana
47. Ashfall Fossil Beds, Nebraska
48. Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
49. Crow Creek Marlstone, Nebraska
50. Sand Mountain, Nevada
51. Great Unconformity, Nevada
52. Flume Gorge, New Hampshire
53. Palisades Sill, New Jersey
54. White Sands, New Mexico
55. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
56. Shiprock Peak, New Mexico
57. State Line Outcrop, New Mexico
58. American Falls, New York
59. Taconic Unconformity, New York
60. Gilboa Forest, New York
61. Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
62. South Killdeer Mountain, North Dakota
63. Hueston Woods, Ohio
64. Big Rock, Ohio  (I think I have, I've been to the Rock House & Rockbridge in Hocking state park. Grew up in Ohio but never had heard of Big Rock)
(I would have the salt mine under the flats of Cleveland - going into that was so impressive.)
65. Kelleys Island, Ohio
66. Interstate 35 Roadcut, Oklahoma
67. Mount Mazama, Oregon
68. Lava River Cave, Oregon
69. Drake’s Folly, Pennsylvania
70. Hickory Run, Pennsylvania
71. Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania
72. Beavertail Point, Rhode Island
73. Crowburg Basin, South Carolina
74. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
75. Mammoth Site, South Dakota
76. Pinnacles Overlook, South Dakota
77. Reelfoot Scarp, Tennessee
78. Enchanted Rock, Texas
79. Capitan Reef, Texas
80. Paluxy River Tracks, Texas
81. Upheaval Dome, Utah
82. Checkerboard Mesa, Utah
83. San Juan Goosenecks, Utah
84. Salina Canyon Unconformity, Utah
85. Bingham Stock, Utah
86. Whipstock Hill, Vermont
87. Great Falls, Virginia
88. Natural Bridge, Virginia
89. Millbrig Ashfall, Virginia
90. Catoctin Greenstone, Virginia
91. Mount St. Helens, Washington
92. Dry Falls, Washington
93. Seneca Rocks, West Virginia  (I actually climbed to the top and repelled down it)
94. Roche-A-Cri Mound, Wisconsin
95. Van Hise Rock, Wisconsin
96. Amnicon Falls, Wisconsin
97. Green River, Wyoming
98. Devils Tower, Wyoming
99. Fossil Butte, Wyoming
100. Steamboat Geyser, Wyoming
101. Specimen Ridge, Wyoming

If I were making a list like this, I’d add the following sites:
102. Purgatory Chasm, Rhode Island
103. Volcanic Tableland (Bishop Tuff), California
104. Ringing Rocks, Montana
105. The Whaleback, Pennsylvania
106. Compton Peak, Virginia
107. Jockey’s Ridge, North Carolina
108. Mauna Kea summit, Hawaii
109. Tumbling Run, Virginia
110. Adirondacks, New York

I count 26 of the 101.  I agree with Callan there are definitely some things I would change and places that need to be added.

Ron has a better list of people who have participated in this meme ( ) at Ron Schotts Geology home companion page.

I muse:  I wonder if I will ever make my goal of visiting all the National parks?  My dad had the goal of standing on all the state capital building steps, and he was able to do that-- so why can't I?.  Early in my life I made it a goal to try to visit the National Parks after my family made a trip out west.  My mom wanted to make sure she got her moneys worth by buying a pass and we saw quite a few of them on that trip and another trip we took the next year.  Ever since then I do like to see the National Parks.