My favorite was the Waitomo Glow Worm caves in New Zealand made even better by the memory of my father correcting our guide during his speech about cave formation. As a teenager, I was mortified; today I still giggle when I remember the look on that poor guides face and my mother scolding my father for his correction.
The Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 Daniels Park Road, is following in my fathers mineral-encrusted footsteps with Geology Hikes, one of which takes place today. The hikes are led by geologist advisor Al Koch and follow a moderate two-mile path that visits Raccoon Knob and Cherokee Mountain after an overview of the ranchs geology. The hike runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; wear hiking shoes and sunscreen, and bring plenty of water and, if you like, a picnic lunch to enjoy after youre done working your legs (and your brain). Ad-mission is $20 per person, and there is a crowd limit, so sign up now by calling 303-688-5555. Additional geology hikes will take place on August 7 and 14.
My dad would be so proud of you.
Sat., June 26, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Sat., July 24, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Sat., Aug. 7, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Sat., Aug. 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m., 2010