365 Days in Aspen


formationWhen I was in college, we had to choose a science to take to fulfill our requirements.  The ones I remember are botany, biology and geology.  I chose the latter.  I’m not sure exactly why I picked “rocks for jocks” but I’m glad I did. 

First, I confess, it’s because I met a very very cute guy that I dated for a while.  But it’s also because I do find rocks and rock formations fascinating.  (With the added bonus of not having to dissect any frogs or pig brains!)

I remember learning about different kinds of rocks and their history.  Also about things like “scree” an “alluvial fans” that help when you do a lot of hiking.  (Okay, maybe not so important to know how they got there, but it is a moment of pride when you know the proper name for them). 

It also helps magnify curiosity when you go to places like the Great Sand Dunes park (see that blog) or cross the Continental Divide. 

I stumbled on this video today and thought it was interesting that there’s still so much we don’t know about the formation of the world we live in.  And being a new resident to the Rocky Mountains, it helps me appreciate the mystery of this place that much more.

Check it out: http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/the-formation-of-the-rocky-mountains-baffles-geologists/vi-BBxUuw0