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Old 05-31-2015, 08:15 AM   #1
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As we travel about I always buy books on the local geology, always wondering how it all happened. Today I came across the following book that may be of interest.

101 American Geo-Sites You've Gotta See (Geology Underfoot): Albert B. Dickas: 9780878425877: Amazon.com: Books

Part of traveling is seeing with new eyes.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:20 PM   #2
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Knowing you from your photo here and your wonderful posts only, I'm beginning to hope that some day, browsing a bookstore...................:-) wouldn't it be great to bump into you!
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Marijke,

We're great book buyers and will buy for ourselves and any of the nieces and nephews. The rule is if you'll read it I'll buy it.

This week I bought boxed sets of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus. My niece gave me the first book to glance at and realized how exciting it was for her and actually want to read it myself. Her unbelievable joyous response to getting the first boxed set will forever be part of my life. I saved it and listen to it regularly.

We had a difficult time this week because we took most of the books we own, many hundred, to the library for their book sale, part of our moving process. We have managed to get rid of virtually every item in our home. Ginny has a pad with what goes to whom, a rather interesting list of what makes memories for different people.

We no longer wander book stores unless you consider Amazon to be a bookstore. I love Amazon because when a book is suggested by something I'm reading or in conversation I can look it up almost immediately while it's fresh in my mind.

Right now for me, my reading is geology, climate and alternative earth formation theories.

Hoping to meet you some day...
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Sounds like an interesting book, Norm. We enjoy seeing unusual geologic features as we travel around. Some places that have wowed us have been Yellowstone N. P., Lassen Volcanic N. P., Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the Painted Hills in eastern Oregon, and the strange tuffa towers of Mono Lake in CA. We have two neat books about our own region's geology - Roadside Geology of Washington and Roadside Geology of Oregon - that we often take on short trips around our area.

Getting rid of all your books must be tough! Over the years we've wittled down our book collection significantly. Our rule now is that we can only buy books that we know we will look at, read or peruse over and over again. Rarely buy fiction anymore. Being the daughter of a librarian I appreciate the wonderful resources our local libraries can offer! And when we're traveling we pick up cheap paperbacks at garage sales, thrift stores or those "take one, leave one" collections at RV parks.
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Norm, after my first Geology course I made the mistake of driving from Houston, via Texarkana and Nashville, to mid-Indiana in the early 70's. There was no counting the times my wheels hit the edge of the road because I was looking at some interesting (to me!) geologic feature. Decided right then that Geology was my field of choice. I later modified that to Earth Science because I was lead astray by morphology, hydrology, weather (!!!), soils and fossils.

Just sayin', the more you know about our Earth, the easier and easier it is to admire!

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Kathy, We, like you, have a bunch of geology roadside books. They definitely add to the travel. As well I'm a collector of unusual rocks, different to the eye rocks. Ginny says we can take them to FL.

We have a twisting walk way originally populated with white quartz but now mainly populated with rocks from around the country, they stay. Young children are forever picking through them. It's interesting that most adults seem to be oblivious to the interesting stones they're walking on, stones not to be found around here.

Ginny's a big reader of fiction mystery and adventure as well as biographical non-fiction. A lot of that is pickup books. Our Escapee park has a pretty good size 'trade it' library, usually more input than output.

Getting rid of the books was difficult because it was a lot of work, books can be heavy. Actually I didn't feel too bad because we'd read them. When I buy a book I usually read it within a couple of days. Generally if I don't, it won't be read. Some books I read a few times.

Geology has always been interesting to me. I discovered the Continental Drift theory as a young teen and have continually found wonder in geology. It's just amazing that oceans can come and go, that island chains are created, that... it's all a wonder.

There's wonder every where.. this weekend we went to a niece's Confirmation, a nice service where each confirmed child spoke. It was a wonder to consider the concept of confirmation, the effect on the children and their future. How events small and large add up to how we become..

Life is precious..so much to see and learn,,every moment is a challenging joy.
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We have two geologists (gold) in the family, that live in Elko, NV, the countries present gold capital, a community worth an extended visit. (The place to stay is a passport park in Welcome, NV. The owners can keep you busy every day with places to visit.
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Why books?

I commented that I bought my niece, Kate, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, a five book set. Today I received this from her mother.

"Just heard Kate laughing so hard, so I checked t see what she was watching...the best thing ever, she wasn't watching anything she was reading a book!"

She's on book 5 of the set. Books are like travel. They can take you away, to new places that stretch your mind.
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As we travel about I always buy books on the local geology, always wondering how it all happened. Today I came across the following book that may be of interest.

101 American Geo-Sites You've Gotta See (Geology Underfoot): Albert B. Dickas: 9780878425877: Amazon.com: Books

Part of traveling is seeing with new eyes.
Great tip Norm. Pushed the one click button to buy from a Pennsylvania bookshop. Thanks.
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Thanks! Now that one is on my list to get as well.
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Norm i read very thing you write . books not so much
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The best bet is to get the "Roadside Geology of XXXXX" (where XXXXX is the state/province your heading for) book for wherever you're traveling. All the books are written by folks with local knowledge. For example, the SD book was written by the (late) head of my department at SD School of Mines. The front bookshelf of the Scamp gets well stocked before each journey with the appropriate books.

The other thing is to look for "Rockhounding in XXXXX". They are chock-a-block full of goodies. Hey, what's an extra half ton in the back of the TV? (Insert reference to Lucy in here!).

When you visit a national or state park, look in the bookshop. If the shop is any good, you'll always be able to pick up some cool books.

The thing about geology is that you are NEVER bored! "Flat" Nebraska? Look at those meandering streams! I love it that The Dot is into geology as much as I am. It's cool to say "Look at that angular unconformity over there!!!!" and have her get excited.

If anyone needs some suggestions for books for where they're going, pop me a line.
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Besides all the wonderful books on geology and rock-hounding, of which we have a pretty fair collection as well, I also have a fondness for books about old ghost towns, abandoned mining communities, old logging camps, etc. Pretty much anything historical relating to early settlements. I love "ghost-towning". One of our favorite trips each summer when Brenda gets time off from work at the school district, (I'm retired so I'm always on vacation, ha ha,) is to "trailer up" and head off to the wonderful rock-hounding areas of central Oregon and the opal digging areas of northern Nevada's Virgin Valley. There's also a lot of history in these areas, not only of early settlers, ranchers, prospectors, etc. but also of the many indigenous peoples who inhabited these areas for thousands of years. We find these things very interesting to see and explore.
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The opportunity to extend is part of the basis of good travel. We've added Presidential libraries/homesteads to our list of stops. This month we've been going through everything in our home, accumulated stuff/memories of our 57 years (50 of marriage). Of course there's more stuff from the last 15 of travel. It triggers memories of the places we've been, it has been wonderful.

As to geology, I absolutely love the surface geology of the earth, most recently I've been wondering about the internal geology of the earth and really our solar system. Our Sun has been unusually quiet, no major hurricanes in 10 years, and new discoveries from space continually. It's all interesting and hints (maybe shouts) how little we know. On my way to the end, with the freedom of retirement, I seek more. Retirement can offer wonder every day... to be found in books, the internet and travel and just plain thought.
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