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Old 10-30-2012, 01:10 PM   #271
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The difference between shale and schist is heat and pressure, sort of like what turns a boy into a man .
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Yes, perhaps our paths will cross one day. I assume you'll be the guy carrying a bag of rocks around with him.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:19 PM   #272
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Saturday we rode over to NCN for a bit and got together with Dyno for another Al Tuna led tour.






Most of these shots are taken around the Little River Canyon. This is a crack in the rock near the edge.








Dyno Dave




You know who that other guy is.

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:28 PM   #273
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Getting near the edge.








Notice my body language?








I have decided to name this feature "Kirk's Crack", since he's the one who led us there.







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Old 10-30-2012, 01:38 PM   #274
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Ever heard of Aron Ralston?









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Old 10-30-2012, 01:47 PM   #275
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Little River, good sized canyon. It's been busy over the millennia, I guess.








Notice the body language again? It makes me queasy just to look at this picture.



I may have left some fingerprints in that rock... There's definitely a strong gravity well in that canyon.

In his book about being trapped and ultimately amputating his own arm, Aron Ralston mentions a quote one of his college geology professors used to illustrate the fact that the Earth is continuously changing; "Geologic time includes now". That's all I could think about the whole time I was out there.


Looking up the canyon to Little River Falls.





If you are ever in the area, this place has fantastic hamburgers.




Rode home Sunday, hit quite a bit of rain between Cleveland and Sylva, then it dried off enough to allow me a pretty good shot to the house.

Awesome weekend, Kirk. Thanks again.

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Old 10-30-2012, 04:12 PM   #276
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More rocks! Does your wife know about your obsession? I think mine cost me at least one marriage...

In his book about being trapped and ultimately amputating his own arm, Aron Ralston mentions a quote one of his college geology professors used to illustrate the fact that the Earth is continuously changing; "Geologic time includes now". That's all I could think about the whole time I was out there.


There is a theory (well, probably more like a proven concept) in geology called "puctuated equilibrium". It seems the Earth likes having it's geologic system in equilibrium but at times things happen that upset that equilibrium, like earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, glaciation, meteor impacts, etc. I think about those punctuation marks when I'm standing on top of a cliff like that, looking into the "gravity well"...

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Old 10-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #277
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Ever heard of Aron Ralston?


And I know he's missing more than just a vowel from his name.

Yes I know that's how he spells it.


Nice ride.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:41 PM   #278
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"Kirk's Crack" I'm sure the park service is proud. I'll bet they're working on the signage now.

Great pics and report!
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:53 PM   #279
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More rocks! Does your wife know about your obsession? I think mine cost me at least one marriage...
If rocks were the only obsession I had, I think she'd be happy. Besides, I don't think I'm obsessed; I haven't crashed while gawking at rocks yet.

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"Kirk's Crack" I'm sure the park service is proud. I'll bet they're working on the signage now.
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I always wanted to go to Little River Canyon. The rapids at the bottom are reputed to be good. Just couldn't get over the distance part.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:59 PM   #281
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I always wanted to go to Little River Canyon. The rapids at the bottom are reputed to be good. Just couldn't get over the distance part.
It is child's play, my friend. Make the Nantahala/Ocoee your halfway point.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:46 PM   #282
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love the pics and the area.... but you guys do look kinda uneasy at the edge
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:26 AM   #283
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look kinda uneasy at the edge
I was more than uneasy, but I wouldn't admit that to just anyone.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:30 AM   #284
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Falling off... We were concerned that I might break the ledge.
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It is child's play, my friend. Make the Nantahala/Ocoee your halfway point.


I think he was talking about hiking the boat down the trail to the put in.
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