Every spring I spend time in the desert Southwest, camping in remote places, beginning every day watching the stars fade into sunrise, hiking, painting, soaking in remote hot springs, and savoring the fantastic glory of the night sky. One week every spring, I invite others to join me. In 2016, Gerald Bryant, director of the Geology Field Institute at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, led twelve of us on a geology field trip to explore the dramatic rocks surrounding St. George. In 2017, our group included kids for the first time. In 2018, we will conduct two tours and will add Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon to our itinerary. For details click on the links to the right.

We will spend our days studying geology and our evenings in conversation around a camp fire. We will sleep in tents or in the open air.

Cost: About $600. This includes our professional guide, breakfasts and suppers, camp and park entrance fees, ground transportation.

To be added to my trip announcement email list send an email with Talking Rocks 2018 in the subject line to If you wish, you may call me at 253-350-1211.