Reminder- Olympia presentation, Geology Underfoot in Western Washington

Friends, I hope to meet my South Sound friends  at Orca Books in Olympia on July 24. I’ll tell a bit of the backstory of my book, Geology Underfoot in Western Washngton, and signing copies. 7:00 PM. http://www.orcabooks.com/event/friday-july-24th-700pm-dave-tucker-author-geology-underfoot-western-washington There will be books available to purchase at the talk, as well as the large color poster based on the cover art, showing a future eruption of Mount Rainier and the downstream effects.

OLYMPIA presentation: Geology Underfoot in Western Washington

Friends,

I will be at Orca Books in Olympia on July 24 to talk about my book, Geology Underfoot in Western Washngton.

7:00 PM.

http://www.orcabooks.com/event/friday-july-24th-700pm-dave-tucker-author-geology-underfoot-western-washington

You can order a copy in advance from the bookstore, and I’ll be signing [for what that’s worth]. There will be books available to purchase at the talk, as well as the large color poster based on the cover art, showing a future eruption of Mount Rainier and the downstream effects.

I’ll be in Portland at Powells on Hawthorne August 20, 7:30. Stay posted on book tour dates at the ‘BOOK’ tab at the top of this page..

Dave

New Geology hiking guide published on this website: Ridley Creek Trail, Mount Baker

Link to Ridley Creek Trail geology guide:

https://nwgeology.wordpress.com/the-fieldtrips/ridley-creek-trail-geology-guide/

Foot bridge over the Middle Fork

Foot bridge over the Middle Fork

Ridley Creek Trail begins at the end of the Middle Fork Nooksack Road on the southwest flank of Mount Baker. The trail accesses the heather meadows of Mazama Park and on to Park Butte Lookout. Along the way see forested latest Pleistocene moraines, glacial till from Canada complete with quartzite pebbles from the Rocky Mountains, limestone, lahar and ash deposits, a close up of the Cathedral Crag lava that predates Mount Baker, and finally, great views of Baker, the Black Buttes, and that enigmatic slice of the mantle, the Twin Sisters Range. Read the geology guide here.  Enjoy!

Dave Tucker

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington- BOOK PRESENTATION in Seattle

Geology Underfoot cover art by Eric Knight in poster format.

Geology Underfoot poster art by Eric Knight. The actual posters have none of the text at center or lower right. $15.

University Bookstore

4326 University Way

Monday June 15

7 PM

I will talk about my book, Geology Underfoot in Western Washington. Signed books will be available for purchase [$24] as well as a color poster of the cover art- a hypothetical future eruption of Mount Rainier by Eric Knight- $15. The talk will focus on how I came to write the book, and some of the back story. I hope to meet many website subscribers.

Sincerely, Dave Tucker

Guided Geology Field trip to Point Whitehorn, Whatcom County

Looking south at the Point Whitehorn Reserve beach. The erratic in the foreground looks like Jackass Mountain conglomerate. Rock from this formation gets around!

Looking south at the Point Whitehorn Reserve beach. The erratic in the foreground looks like Jackass Mountain conglomerate. Rocks from this formation get around!

I will be leading two geology walks along the cobble beach and shoreline bluffs at Point Whitehorn in Whatcom County.

Saturday, June 6   1 p.m. and 3 p.m. [the same walk, twice].

Highlights: Erratic boulders, lag deposits as coastal bluffs erode; glacial strata in bluffs. We will look for marine shells in the glacial deposits, to determine if this is a submarine deposit.  See a virtual field trip posted on Northwest Geology Field Trips website.

Getting there: From I-5 Exit 266, drive west on Grandview Road 8.5 miles.  Follow the road as it curves left and becomes Koehn Road. Continue 0.5 miles to a parking area on the left. There is a 3/4 mile accessible trail through lowland forest, including a sizable (by modern standards) grove of large spruce, to overlooks atop the bluffs, with nice polished dunite benches. The trail then switchbacks 75′ down to the cobble beach. MEET ON THE BEACH FOR THE FIELD TRIP

Glacial erratics litter the beach at Point Whitehorn.

Glacial erratics litter the beach at Point Whitehorn.

This is all part of the Whatcom Land Trust and the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee event titled “What’s the Point?” from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, part of the larger Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. A negative tide will allow for intertidal zone exploration in an extraordinary stretch of shoreline teeming with wildlife.

Kids will enjoy the hunt for shell fossils at Point Whitehorn's glacial deposits. No guarantees!

Kids will enjoy the hunt for shell fossils at Point Whitehorn’s glacial deposits. No guarantees!

Naturalists with North Cascades Audubon Society, Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society and more will be stationed along the wooded wetland trail. Marine life specialists will be on the beach providing information about plants and animals in the reserve’s intertidal zone.

Here are some details about the event:

-The event runs from noon-4 p.m. Low tide is at approximately 2:30 p.m. We are asking naturalists to please arrive at 11 a.m. or shortly thereafter. There is plenty of parking but please consider carpooling! We heard from County Parks that there can be up to 200 people on any given Saturday in June.

-We will be providing a “species checklist” for kids to bring along the trail.

-We will have informational booths in the parking lot, and will also be handing out Pt. Whitehorn stickers and a limited supply of chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches donated by Acme Ice Cream. (Plus popsicles for non-dairy folks.) There will also be a water jug and a handwashing station available.

Naturalists

Dave Tucker, geology

-Bob Lemon, intertidal zone

-Lyle Anderson, native plants

-Bert and Sue Webber, marine biology

-Pam Borso, Audubon

-Paul Woodcock, Audubon (will arrive around 1 p.m.)

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington Book Launch a big success!

A very belated but very hearty thanks to all who came to the standing-room-only Grand Book Launch event May 12 at the Whatcom Museum, sponsored by Village Books, North Cascades Institute, and the Museum. It was a great pleasure to share Geology Underfoot in Western Washington with the huge crowd, sign copies, and tell you a bit about my background, how the book came about and how I put it together. Village Books sold out their entire advance shipment. The rest of the print run is on its way across the Pacific and will be available for bookstores at the end of May. NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER A COPY FROM YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSTORE! The store will obtain copies via their distributors. Some sources tell me that advance sales are pretty brisk. The initial print run is 5000 copies. Mountain Press Publishing and I think the first printing will go fast, so don’t delay.

I am available for presentations at bookstores and your organizations throughout western Washington and down to Portland. Contact your bookstore, and drop me an email.

Best regards,

Dave Tucker

Here is a link to an article about me and the book by Dean Kahn that appeared in the May 18 Bellingham Herald:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/18/4296226_bellingham-geologist-writes-western.html?rh=1

GEOLOGY UNDERFOOT IN WESTERN WASHINGTON BOOK RELEASE

The official release of Geology Underfoot in Western Washington!!!!!

Please come help me celebrate the book’s release!!!  Tuesday, May 12, 7 PM, Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, Bellingham.

Doors open at 6:30. Talk begins at 7. Get there early for a seat.

I will discuss the inside story of how the book came to be, read a very short excerpt, and sign books. Books will be for sale by Village Books, who is hosting the release along with North Cascades Institute and the Museum.

IN SEATTLE: University Bookstore, June 15, 7 PM.

Thanks to all who contributed photos and ideas, and reviewed chapters.

Dave

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