Saturday, June 27, 2009

Geology of Maggie

We recently went on our first long hike in months around Maggie.
First we went to the base of the promontory.

From bellow the promontory we hiked along through the woods for a little while. We started seeing what looked like a field past the trees when we got through the wood we found ourselves:
in front one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen!

It was then that we realized that we were very close to Wildcat Canyon.
above, mullen

We had thought that Wildcat canyon and The Promontory were on completely different parts of Maggie.
We hiked up a fairly steep incline to get to the canyon.

We reached one side of the canyon.

We went down and found another promontory with several micro-caves in it.

Each cave at it's mouth was about 13 cm in diameter. A bit small for a human but comfy for a Raccoon small Bobcat or feral cat(we saw some very small bird reptle amphibian or rodent bones in the cave below.

Banana slug

It was then that we realized that the "new promontory" that we'd found was directly across from THE Promontory and we were basically right back where we started!

One week later we were about to drive up the hill to retrieve the motion activated camera when we saw an SUV parked by the side of the road. We went to investigate and found someone taking measurements of an exposed rock face. He said he was a geology student from the University of Texas working on his thesis (which was to prove a theory of his about the geology of this region. we told him about the promontory we discovered the week before and asked if he wanted to come see it he said yes so we took him up there!
He took measurements and notes of the rock face.
He was from Calcutta, India but moved to America to get his degree.
Dad got to brag about his visits to India.
Our friend was also interested in photography an biology as hobbies. He said his wife (who was also from India) was a scientist at U of T doing mostly lab work on the genetics of primates and plants.
He said that this area's features had not been geologicaly mapped.
The Sword Ferns have made their seeds

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