Geology of the Ironman St. George 70.3 

The St. George 70.3 serves as the North American Half Ironman Championship. The course is a great place to enjoy the colorful and striking geology of the Colorado Plateau.  The geology of the Ironman St. George 70.3 highlights Triassic and Jurassic sedimentary rocks, and young basalts. The triathlon includes a 1 mile swim, 55 mile bike, and …

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As a geologic writer, I often get asked questions about how I got started, how writing a book is researched, and how long it takes to write a book. These are some of my thoughts!

Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument

Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National Monument is formed by the cutting of two rivers: the Green River and Yampa River. They come together right in front of this massive rock. You can camp here! Dinosaur National Monument straddles the Colorado-Utah border. The famous quarry in the Morrison Formation that preserves more than 1,000 Jurassic-aged fossils …

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One step foward, three steps back

In February, I wrote about racing the Moab Red Hot 15km trail race.  Well, Mother Nature had another idea in mind, and a storm brought several inches of snow and abundant ice to the race course. The race was canceled. Landscape Arch New Plans We ended up going to Moab regardless, and having a great …

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Engineer Mountain

Engineer Mountain, a 12,968-foot peak rising just north of the Purgatory/Durango Mountain ski resort, is nestled in the San Juan Mountain Range, between the towns of Durango and Silverton, Colorado. Engineer Mountain shows off striking good looks, amazing geology, and incredible hiking access. A challenging 13 mile out-and-back trail from Coal Bank Hill off U.S. …

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The Great Sand Dunes

The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a hiking, photography, and ecological wonderland. The park holds the tallest largest dunes in North America (some reaching over 750 feet in height!), has a seasonally flowing stream, and numerous access points. Biggest sandbox around! Geology The following is an excerpt from Colorado Rocks. Check the …

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A [Belated] Welcome to 2023

The winter has been busy, and like many parents, plagued with cyclical illness. However, we've also had time to enjoy hiking, baking and cooking, skiing, lots of swimming, and even some pretty steady running. My furry running partner is pictured waiting impatiently, below. While this post has very little to do with running, I'm actually …

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2022 Gift Guide

Time flies, and this fall, the clock has seemed to speed up on me. My 2022 Gift Guide is out the door and here for you to enjoy. Happily, there's still plenty of time before the holidays, so check out some of my favorite things hiking, outdoors, and running related! First, of course, start with …

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Weekend Trip: White Sands National Park

This past weekend we ventured to White Sands National Park. The park is famous for its sparkling white sand dunes, which exist in the middle of the southern New Mexico desert. I'll talk a bit about kid-organization, and a bit about the geology of White Sands.