Apparently I was a good boy this year

Meet the new Wandercamera: Why, yes. I took a picture of it with the old camera. I know: It’s a little like making an employee train his replacement. Can’t be helped. A Nikon Coolpix S9700, used and refurbished. With GPS; it took some time but I figured out how to...Read more

Earth Treasures Show 2016

This is the annual holiday rock and mineral show of the Los Alamos Geologic Society. I spent some time there today and took a few pictures, which I present without much comment. Fuchsite is chromium muscovite (mica). Orthoceras was an Ordovician mollusc related to the modern nautilus. Ruby (though not...Read more

Rolling Stones wanderlust

You can’t always get what you want. I had a pretty good Thanksgiving, beginning with having Wednesday off (in lieu of my usual 9/80 Friday off) to get the chores out of the way, then a quiet Thursday at home with the family followed by a simple but nice Thanksgiving...Read more

Oysters, ammonites, and shark’s teeth

Today was another excursion with the Los Alamos Geological Society, the PEEC, and the Pebble Pups. The destination was two sites in the Mancos Formation that are rich in fossils. The Mancos Formation was laid down about 80 to 95 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, in the Western...Read more

Wanderlusting the Nacimiento Mine

This trip was with the Los Alamos Geological Society. Also the PEEC Pebble Pups and the Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club Junior and Pebble Pups. This made for a very large group. The group from Los Alamos alone was sizable. That’s our group, stopped along Route 126 deep in the...Read more

The wanderlust gods, they taunt us: Day 3 and 4

The previous day’s account may be found here. I woke to a bright, blue, beautiful day. The wanderlust gods certainly were taunting us. I met Bruce in the lobby and we considered our options, finally settling on a fairly interesting-looking road log along Route 9. We had done part of...Read more

Columbus Day wanderlust

Next Friday I have a dental appointment, and Saturday Cindy has a wedding in the family. The week after, I will be in Colorado for the occultation. That means I will be catching up on chores the weekend after. I will have a long weekend just before Halloween, but the...Read more

Four-Wheeling Wanderlust

Way back before the shoulder surgery, I was joined by friend of the Wanderlust, Steve Painter, on a hike to Sulphur Springs and Alamo Canyon. Steve enjoyed this enough to ask if I would be interested in navigating him to some nice spots in the northeast Jemez via 31 Mile...Read more

Wanderlusting Arroyo del Cobre

Karma is sometimes a lady. Not quite three weeks ago, I climbed a dome near Polvadera Peak and noted that the view included part of Canon del Cobre, and ruminated that this would be a fun area to get into at some point. Sure enough, the next Los Alamos Geologic...Read more

The Alternative Wanderlust

Perhaps I should have taken a break this weekend, but the weather was again forecast to be gorgeous and the back country season in the Valles Preserve is fast coming to a close. So I devoted Friday to catching up on all my chores, so that I could enjoy a...Read more