Our first target of opportunity was the Gunnison Valley leading up to Crested Butte
A Brief Interlude
I saw this in Crested Butte and had to text the picture immediately to my two grandsons
If you haven't gathered it, I am in serious Camera Sherpa mode.
After a hard day of sherpaing, my comrades and I like to gather at one of the watering holes that cater to our kind to knock back some Nepalese fire water and tell stories about our photographers
Our photographer in full battle gear including two cameras
On our way to our next stop, we saw this called the Dillon Pinnacles.
They represent two different volcanic activities. The lower, more vertical part is 25 million years ago and is accumulated lava explosions. The upper cap is welded tuft, volcanic ash and dust from an explosion about a million years ago.
Outside of Ouray there was a fabulous example of really old rock.
The rock with the ripples in it is Pre-Cambrian, over 1 billion years old!
It was a water front with wave action that created the ripples. It became a sedimentary rock when it was buried. Then it got shoved deep into the earth where it became a metamorphic rock. Mountain building brought it up and turned it on its side. Recent erosion has now exposed it.
Next Target - the Road from Ouray through Sliverton to Durango
Whew. Time for bed.