Monday, March 26, 2012
El Paso Hikers Letter: Hike Rodinia!
GPS of our exploratory hike up a Mountain Park arroyo last Thursday. Click image to enlarge. GPS tracking by Judy Ackerman
Many of you probably read this short article online: Piece of crust stolen from Texas found in Antarctica. Portions of that billion year old plus rift include the red bluff granite and Thunderbird formation on both sides of the Franklins. B-24 Crash Historian and avid hiker, Karl Putnam, has scheduled a return hike up the Red Rock Canyon. His hike will be exploratory and is described as strenuous. (Karl has been known to take off for the ridge wherever he may be in the Franklins.) In conjunction with that hike, another group will do a more moderate hike and climb up the gradually ascending red bluff granite canyon. Whichever hike you do, both begin together at 7:30 a.m. this Thursday, March 28th. The meeting place is near the residence at 2501 Memphis. And, no matter which hike you take, you will be going back in time about 1.126 billion years and see “pieces” of the super-continent, Rodinia. Not bad for a couple of hours of hiking!
Check out and bookmark the El Paso Ridgewalkers. Also join the El Paso Hiking Meet-up and the Las Cruces Hiking Meet-up for schedules of hikes and for tie-ins to other great meet-up sites. A new meet-up group has formed that you may want to check out and join: the Guadalupe Mountains National Park Meetup Group. Another geocache hike is planned for this Saturday with meet-up at 7:45 a.m. to carpool to the Switchback Loop Trail in the Sacramentos. Get info about this moderate to difficult 4.5 mile hike here. A geocache webinar is scheduled for this Thursday, March 29th, from 7 to 8 p.m. Register online.
Also on Saturday is the Annual Poppy Fest at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. See the full schedule of events. Parking with shuttle service will be at 9570 Gateway Blvd. North, the EPCC Northeast campus. (Map)
Know that Turner Classic Movies will be showing Take the High Ground on March 28th. Be sure to check for times. This is the 1953 movie that was shot on Ft. Bliss with our mountains (roughly above Diana to Transmountain) as a backdrop. (See two clips here.)