lizzy in the mountains

the yampa is wild

In June I had the incredible opportunity to raft the Yampa River in western Colorado and eastern Utah on a trip with ARTA guides and my amazing friend Kelley. My only job was to tell everyone about the awesome geology that we were floating through all week. My job was easy; the geology was spectacular. We spent much of the week floating through the Weber Sandstone, a thick quartz-rich eolian sandstone with meters-thick crossbeds that stands in tall vertical cliffs on either side of the canyon. We also dipped down into the red and lavender Morgan Formation that consists of marine sandstones and fossiliferous limestones. For a geologist who just spent the preceding years studying Precambrian rocks, fossils are pretty exciting. I got high scores on enthusiasm.

Too many words, here are the pictures:

Floating through the Morgan Formation

Floating through the Morgan Formation

Burrows!

Burrows!

Beautiful meander through the Weber Sandstone.

Beautiful meander through the Weber Sandstone.

Carrot cake!

Carrot cake!

Camp life.

Camp life.

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Warms Springs rapid

Warms Springs rapid

Ranger Kate right before she fell out of her boat in Warm Springs.

Ranger Kate right before she fell out of her boat in Warm Springs.

Pictographs!

Pictographs!

Crinoid stems!

Crinoid stems!

Costume night

Costume night

About to enter Split Mountain on the last day on the river

About to enter Split Mountain on the last day on the river

Team extreme. We had an awesome group. ARTA is the best.

Team extreme. We had an awesome group. ARTA is the best.

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