A beautiful sunny breakfast at the Bernasconi Educational Center.
It's Marco's 20th birthday today! Happy Birthday, Marco!
John reviews the maps of the eastern Sierra with the group.
Connie Millar, US Forest Service biologist, will spend the day with the group, to share her expertise in climate science and dendrochronology.
9:30 AM and Sarah is ready for action!
Our first stop: an exposure of Pliocene lake sediments along the Westgard Pass road. Elizabeth is pumped!
The geologists discuss their interpretation of the outcrop
Alicia, Andrea, and Andy (the three A's) discuss their observations.
Sarah, Bryan, and Jacob get 'up close and personal' with the sedimentary strata.
Charity, Sarah, and Andy discuss their interpretations.
Bryan and Elizabeth record observations in their field books.
Alex stops to smell the asters!
Up at the Grandview Campground (8500' elevation), Connie explains the basics of dendrochronology.
Connie demonstrates the operation of the increment borer, while Charity and Elizabeth look on.
A friendly lizard doing push-ups.
Elizabeth, Matt, and Keith proudly show off their new tree core.
Sarah, Bryan, and Jacob extract a tree core
And check out the tree rings!
Bryan and Andy enjoy the view at the Sierra Overlook.
Examining a peculiar rock sample (turns out to be an avocado pit) at the Overlook.
Pincushion plants in bloom!
Marco does a face-plant in the snow bank!
The Patriarch Grove, at 11,000' high in the White Mountains. Connie gives the group an introduction to the ancient Bristlecone Pines, the oldest creatures on the planet.
The curious inscriptions on a dead bristlecone tree.
A photographer's paradise!
The group enjoys a beautiful 360 degree panorama from the ridge top
Alicia, Liz, Keith, and Sarah, staying warm in the mountains.
The long walk back to the vans...
And a group shot at the end of a great afternoon.