Geology Walk on the John Muir Trail with State Geologist Peter J. Lemiszki, Ph.D

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!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent! Gorgeous walk and Great learning opportunity thanks to TN Wild and Peter Lemiszki! The beauty of rocks now rivaled in my mind by their marvel as historians showing us what has come before in this wonderous world incomprehensible eons before!

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It would have been a five star rating had I not fallen and hurt my wrist...My fault entirely, but I can't rate all of the TNWild meetings a five, now can I!

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The meeting location at 2217 Hamilton Place Blvd is a Starbucks. It is next to J Alexander's Restaurant.

    October 20, 2012

    • Barbara P. M.

      Jeff, I'll meet you and the others at Starbucks. Will be there at 7:50 a.m. My cell is 770.289.7143. Barbara

      October 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those interested in carpooling, from Chattanooga please meet at 2217 Hamilton Place Blvd (off Shallowford Rd - I-75 exit 5) at around 7:50am. We will leave there at around 8am for Benton, TN. Cool? Jeff[masked]

    PS: The trailhead lot has limited parking (approx 12~ cars) so some carpooling will be required.

    October 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you @ 7:50

      October 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just spoke to our geologist Pete. The weather is looking glorious for the weekend. Who's psyched for this outing? If you are coming from Chattanooga and want to carpool, we could potentially meet at the Starbucks on Hamilton Place Blvd. Please indicate here if you are interested in that option. Thanks!
    Jeff[masked]

    October 18, 2012

    • Mary W.

      John and I are looking forward to it!

      1 · October 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi,I am interested in carpooling from Hamilton place.

      October 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Laurie, sure you can bring hubby.

    October 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      bummer - perhaps another time

      October 18, 2012

  • Stephanie P.

    I'm interested in Starbucks and carpooling. :-)

    October 18, 2012

  • David D.

    Hey Jeff, what time do you think we'll be done? If anyone wants to rideshare we can meet at the Bi-Lo off exit 11 in Ooltewah.

    October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Approximately 4 miles Beth. It's more of a walk than a hike.

    October 16, 2012

  • teresa m.

    Can't wait to go. Been in ND for two weeks, real flat and a different kind of beauty. I need my Mts.

    October 15, 2012

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