My father was a geochemist, which meant that every family vacation we took had some sort of geology component to it. Whether we were gazing into a canyon, admiring a waterfall, trekking into a cave, taking a tour of a mine or just stopping to admire the magnificent road cut/outcropping of rock/other random geological point of interest, there was always some kind of earth-science-based educational highlight.
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.
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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