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Old 11-10-2015, 09:26 PM   #15
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Ray posed an interesting prospect today. He brought up the idea of adding the badlands area of the Oglala National Grasslands of Nebraska to the trip. The Badlands are a fascinating and quite beautiful. I believe that Ray has a line on some areas of geological interest that might produce a rock or two worth dragging home.

I personally won't have time to do the Black Hills, Fort Robinson, and the Badlands, but the Badlands are not that far from either of the other sites, and that early in the season weather and soil moisture conditions are questionable. Of greatest concern is that the site that I'm considering in the Black Hills may be too wet if we get much snow this winter. Also, the Badlands are close enough to Fort Robinson that it may be worthwhile to just go to the Badlands and commute to Fort Robinson.

At this point I suggest that we keep all options open. In the Spring I'll do my best to assess the moisture conditions, and we'll go wherever most of the group prefers. Of coarse, everyone will be welcome to come and go as they please. Go with the group or without the group. Add days or subtract days.

Whatever we decide, Ray will lead a chorus of Kumbaya each night. I understand that he is a remarkable tenor. Maybe he'll even do a solo of They Call the Wind Maria.

Brent

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Old 11-10-2015, 09:44 PM   #16
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Someone contacted me while I was on vacation stating that they wanted to go on the trip. I told them that I'd contact them when I got home. I must apologize, but I seem to have lost the e-mail. So, if it was anyone following this post, would you please contact me again?

So far we have:
Me and Connie
Ray and Nancy
Chris and Carla
Ed and Jan
Bob and Annie

Thanks
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:21 PM   #17
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Montmorillonite for dieting and detoxifier agent...

I only sing while in the shower. Although I might yodel while crossing a creek or sing "I'm in the Jailhouse Now" when nothing else comes to mind. I like the Webb Pierce version on 78 RPM. A close second is "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road" lyrics by Loudon Wainwright.
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The Nebraska Badlands are 35,000,000 year old piles of volcanic ash washed and air blown from western Wyoming's geological past. Probably even from Yellowstone Park being involved. When it gets wet, it becomes "gumbo" which is a cross between bubble gum and pine pitch. You get stuck in it... you will be camping until it dries out.

Montmorillonite is the clay binding the Badlands into this lump of white sandy dried mud. It is also added to some health food/allergy/healing clay pills, so you are literally taking a mud pie for a cure. If you find it on the label it is usually the top ingredient and will expand to many times its dry volume. Here it is absolutely FREE and you can possibly cure my lack of singing talent, and put it in Brent's scrambled EGG to fill him up after breakfast. Check it out on the internet as (Na,Ca)0.3(Al,Mg)0.32Si4O10(OH)2nH2O... you know it has to be good for you.

I also see it is also a Natural Dietary Supplement and detoxifier... take a bucket or two home with you.

The middle photo is the high retreating edge of these Badlands called Toadstool Park ,which is on the EAST side of where you see our trailer parked and still hitched while camped.

On the WEST is the other photograph where the Hudson-Meng bison kill site is located. I believe the Hudson-Meng site building is the small shiny spot you see above the ridge on the right side of the photo.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:27 PM   #18
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We might all be yodeling while crossing the creek at 8000 ft north of Dubois.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:56 PM   #19
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Oh... that small shiny spot you see is NOT the Hudson-Meng building... it is the bald spot on Brent's head reflecting that blinding light a couple hundred miles away... in Buffalo, Wyoming.
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Old 11-10-2015, 11:38 PM   #20
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That must have been the day my hat blew off.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:51 PM   #21
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Someone contacted me while I was on vacation stating that they wanted to go on the trip. I told them that I'd contact them when I got home. I must apologize, but I seem to have lost the e-mail. So, if it was anyone following this post, would you please contact me again?

So far we have:
Me and Connie
Ray and Nancy
Chris and Carla
Ed and Jan
Bob and Annie

Thanks
Brent
Hi Brent,

I posted the information shown below, but did not send an email. Don't know if I'm the person you are referring to or not. Regardless, please add us to the list.

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We're interested in participating. I'm working on our 2016 calendar and this outing may fit. Late May is better for us but early June is a possibility. We'll keep an eye on this thread to see how things shape up.

Please count us in for now. Our trailer is 29 ft. - will that be a problem?

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Old 11-28-2015, 12:37 PM   #22
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Global Geological Warming... conference

Since the best of our best Climate Change people are heading to Europe to discuss the weather and how to control it, I offer my version in the Badlands of western Nebraska.

Those, who can handle the shock and disbelief of standing on the "bottom" of an Ocean that extended from the Caribbean to the Arctic Ocean 65,000,000 years ago... listen up. I and Brent will personally escort you to this place where this Ocean existed for tens of millions of years!

Not only that, I can point out where at least 20,000,000 years of geologic time are missing. Nada. Nix. Gone. It is all there under the vibrum sole of your climbing boot, even if you have not read this in your local newspaper... or have ever stepped onto your yard and wondered... how did this get here?

The Climate Change "experts" spend too much looking at the same screen you are to review their "facts and information". Oops. Much like using the Airforums to determine which stocks to invest.

It is difficult enough for we humans with a life span of 90 years to see any changes that may take tens of thousands or millions of years to actually see the results of small changes. Imagine those people who build their homes along a flood plain when 500 year floods, REPEAT every fifteen years. This Black Hills / Badlands adventure will be shocking to those who have not squatted down and took a close look at the surface of a golf course and think this has always been as it is today.

As a geologist with heretic ideas of climates and change... this could be fun discussing on lawn chairs after sunset. Even Noah's Arc can be discussed as well as Continental Drift. "FREE evidence" of Climate Change will be given to anyone participating. Take it home and show it to your disbelieving friends and neighbors. You WILL be the talk of the cul-de-sac.
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We're looking forward to meeting everyone in/around the Black Hills and western Nebraska. We have a few other things we're adding to the trip such as visiting the Union Pacific "hump" in North Platte.

We're working on our calendar for April and May 2016. It looks like we'll be in Omaha in early May. We're still pretty flexible on the timing and could arrange to meet early or late in May depending on how the weather shapes up.
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Scheduling this little gathering is getting complicated. In the most recent discussions I've had with Ray, we were starting to lean towards the June date, maybe a week after Memorial Day. There are a couple of issues on my schedule that are potentially conflicting, but I don't have a hard date on them yet. I was hoping to put off setting a final date on this for a while yet. I hope that doesn't cause problems for others though. If it is causing problems, let me know, and we'll get it all figured out.

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Keep us posted. We may be able to make an early June trip work too. If we can't make it early June (or whenever the official trip comes together) maybe we'll borrow the itinerary from you and do some version of our own trip.
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Scheduling this little gathering is getting complicated. In the most recent discussions I've had with Ray, we were starting to lean towards the June date, maybe a week after Memorial Day. There are a couple of issues on my schedule that are potentially conflicting, but I don't have a hard date on them yet. I was hoping to put off setting a final date on this for a while yet. I hope that doesn't cause problems for others though. If it is causing problems, let me know, and we'll get it all figured out.

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I know it's sometimes difficult to pin things down but is your schedule taking shape yet? We're still planning to be in Omaha in early May so early in the month would work best for us. We might be able to stay in the area until late May or early June.

Please provide an update when you have time.

Thanks, Lucius
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