Monday, November 21, 2011

Watch For Rocks Landmark

In the previous few posts (I’m nothing if not accommodating – check them out here and here and here) we’ve been cruising a 2005 memory highway, making our way north from southern Utah to the Canadian Rockies. The conclusion of day two on–the–road finds us comfortably camped for a couple of days at a KOA just south of the international border near Whitefish, Montana. That blurry morning–after picnic table photo tells the tale of our 14 hour, 700 mile, pedal–to– the–metal marathon

More adventures await!  But first… Before taking this northern exposure any further, whether it be up Big Mountain, near the headwaters of the Columbia River, through the Rocky Mountain Trench, or onward to the big bad Burgess Shale, I have an announcement. 

Who knew it would come this far? Sometime during this past weekend, WATCH FOR ROCKS --- Travels of a Sharp–Eyed Geologist logged its 30,000th page view. 

This geo–traveling blog catapulted itself onto the blogosphere stage back in April 2010. I had accepted my second job as an interpretive ranger with the National Park Service and was preparing to spend the next five months in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. I wanted to share my experiences with family, friends, and whoever else in the world cared to read about them. I remember thinking, what better way is there to share my adventures these days than to start a blog? 

In October 2010 after the job at Katmai ended and I returned to southern Utah, I just kept on writing. 

In addition to my own travels, during this time I have traveled vicariously through other bloggers and made some new acquaintances because of this blog – somehow, you found me or I found you. My statistics tell me that there are quite a few other folks from all over the world out there who stumble upon what I have written. I would love to know –Who are you? Where are you? How in the world did you find WATCH FOR ROCKS? 
Indeed, you are part of that 30,000. How enormously cool is that?
 Baked Mountain Hut, Valley of 10,000 Smokes, Katmai NP, Alaska, Sept. 2010


  1. Congratulations! Nice to be along for the ride, and looking forward to contributing some of the next 30k page views!

    (Oilfield geologist, Calgary AB)

  2. Very cool. I so enjoy your travels and stories. Now could we please continue getting to the Canadian Rockies, please.

  3. I'm a carpenter in Seattle with a life long interest in Science. The last year or two I've been interested in Geology. I probably found your blog through a serendipitously overly long search term. I pass by most days. BTW I'm 51 and have some issues with that so your bio is kind of encouraging.


  4. Awesomeness.

    And Happy Real Thanksgiving! After our summer one, we realized that our winter T-day conversations would probably not be about themophiles, thermal features or even columnar basalt. Go figure.

    Peace and blessings!

  5. Cool. Congrats and all that, but get on with your Canadian Rockies adventure.