With a few hours of the year to spare in our current time zone, here’s a quick look back at some of the places your Highly Allochthonous bloggers have found themselves in the last 12 months.
We started the year in England, visiting Chris’s family and friends. Anne shared a picture of the Thames at London, and here’s a picture of the River Welland and an old mill race at the market town of Stamford.
Later in January, Anne participated in Science Online 2013. While the sessions were invigorating as always, the major highlight for Anne was a tour of the partially buried urban stream Pigeon House Creek, lead by Scott Huler. Sadly, Anne never managed to blog about the experience, though she has had a partial draft post written for months, and she used the experience during a lecture in her urban hydrology course.
February and March saw Anne traveling a lot – to Wisconsin for a stream restoration conference, to an acid mine drainage site in Ohio, and to the flat and snowy Fargo, North Dakota. We also did some local explorations, introduced the third and youngest member of our blogging team, and added the high albedo geodog to the family. In April and May, we stayed close to home. GeoKid’s class toured the Kent State Geology Department, and we appreciated the beauty of spring in northeastern Ohio.
At the end of June, we set off on a megaventure that took us all of July and into early August. Over the course of 35 days, we went from Ohio-Minnesota-Oregon-Minnesota-UK-Minnesota-Ohio. We blogged about various bits of the trip, such as our drive across the flat midwestern US, appreciation of volcanoes and their water in Oregon (Mt. Hood and the Three Sisters area), historical beauty of Colchester, UK, and the amazing geologic features of Northern Island (Giants Causeway FTW!). We also had a brief foray into the Republic of Ireland to see the Brú na Bóinne world heritage site, and the spectacular passage tomb and stone art at Newgrange.
By August, we were mostly just glad to be home. Anne reveled in watching two dams come down on the Cuyahoga River, and Chris took an exploratory trip to Shenandoah National Park and environs. Anne feels bad she never properly blogged the dam removals, and Chris waves a fist in frustration at the government shutdown that scuttled his class field trip to the sites he had scoped out.
In September, October and November, we enjoyed exploring autumn in northeastern Ohio, as Anne led her fluvial class on 5 field trips and we spent four consecutive weekends in and around Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This was a nice calm (travel-wise at least) period before a flurry of travel to wrap up the year.
In December, we were gone pretty much all month. We started with slightly overlapping trips to San Francisco to participate in AGU, while simultaneously giving and grading final exams. Then, a mere 48 hours after Chris got back from AGU, we left on our most far-flung adventure of the year. The Highly Allochthonous blogging team spent December 16-30th in Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica. If we have but one blogging resolution for the next year, it is to do a reasonable job sharing the spectacular landscapes we were so privileged to experience. But it’s going to take us some time to sort through the 30 GB of photos and video we collected on our trip. So for starters, here is a small teaser.
We’ve certainly had an amazing adventure-filled year, and we look forward to seeing what 2014 brings. To our readers, we wish you the happiest of new years.