This will be the third year that SustainFloyd has had a role to play with visiting students from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. It will be the first year I have been involved with VolunTours, and I am looking forward to it, and envious of the week-long experience that these 25 young people will have after they arrive at the Ecovillage tomorrow. I’ll have a part in their orientation after dinner on Saturday, and then we will spend three hours together in Celebration Hall …

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So I had this notion a month or so back that my experience as teacher, speaker, field trip leader and engaged citizen would mesh nicely before small groups of folks who come to Floyd County lacking any depth to our natural or human communities here. Well, you know about plans. Mr Murphy is always ready to give us a ground in The Way Things Are. If you plan something so well that nothing can go wrong, something will. Before you can do what it …

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Why do the rocks at 3200 feet at the “very edge” of the Blue Ridge look as if they were laid down by water, layer after layer, when it is from harder, igneous rock that this geological province is formed (at least in my limited understanding?) Horizontally-layered dark mica-flecked rocks jut out across the ridge-tops like the vertical ridges along an alligator’s tail. What’s with that? I asked a friend who asked a friend who knows, and who explained it nicely in his reply. …

Alligator-back Formation: I’m Glad I Asked Read more »