We are lucky and excited to have Pete Lemiszki lead a geology walk for us on the John Muir Trail (aka Benton MacKaye Trail). Pete is based in Knoxville and is the Chief Geologist in the Knoxville Environmental Field Office. He works for the State of Tennessee with TDEC.
Pete has agreed to lead us on a walk of the John Muir Trail along the banks of the Hiwassee River. This is a very gentle & easy trail. Back in September 1867, John Muir walked along the banks of the Hiwassee and wrote about the incredible geology of the area in his journal. That journal later became !000 Mile Walk to the Gulf, one of his first books.
Pete will demystify the world of rocks to us on this walk. Geology is important for so many reasons. Our soil, and our flora & fauna all spring from the geology. This is the last in a series of great naturalist hikes that we have held on this trail in 2012. You will not want to miss it! Over lunch, Tennessee Wild's Jeff Hunter will read excerpts from John Muir's writing.
The total length of this walk is yet TBD. Tennessee Wild's Jeff Hunter will be scouting the trail with our guest leader sometime this summer. A determination about the length of the walk will be made after that scouting trip. Registration for this walk will start August 22. Mark your calendar. It will surely fill up!