Johnny, Rob, Jeb, Jason, Jessica, my wife Trinity and I hiked up 2.2 miles to Romero pools on the 28th of April. Within this hike we encountered world class geology including seeing folding, faulting, and variation of rock types from red beds to granites on the trail. In the cove of Romero pools we were surrounded by Mylonite and in the water we were able to scoop hand fulls of sediment to see small garnets of ruby and citrine. For most that go to Romero pools it is just swimming and jumping, but for Geologists its cliff jumping off of beautiful Mylonite into ruby filled waters. If you’d like to come with us next time, let us know!
Rob Davenport, my wife and I went out to the Rincon mountains for a study on watersheds and the potential hazards they pose to the local desert landscape. In case you are not familiar with this location, it required a small road trip East of Tucson on I10 to Mescal road. From I10, we headed North on Mescal until the paved road turned to dirt, and then continued on. Down a quite windy road through a beautiful pass between mountains, we passed many turnoffs for campers and trail heads for hikers. After about 16 miles since I10 we slowed up to the miller creek trail head. Miller creek is a desolate trail with beautiful green foliage and the sound of water run off in the distance. Through our journey up the mountain we discovered some amazing geology and catastrophic after effects of rock falls, which can be seen in the pictures. This hike was originally intended to transport and use the department’s LIDAR scanner to conduct 3d image capturing of the watersheds of the area surrounding the Rincon summit to be able to identify potential hazards based on rock type and interpolation of the recorded 3d map. The LIDAR scanner did malfunction before our trip, so the trip was morphed into an experience of visual interpretation of the geological landscape from the viewer, and LIDAR testing is now going to be scheduled for some time in the near future. So look out for when we are going to go again, we would like to have you and it will be an amazing experience of world class Geo-mechanics!