For some years now, I’d been longing to go on a fresh adventure and take a geology tour in an interesting place. Last weekend I was finally able to go, thanks to a friend who invited me along on one of theirs. We ended up exploring a swath of land across the lower Victoria region, which encompasses an unusual variety of metamorphic rock that’s been through not one but three separate subduction cycles over the course of its lifetime. Besides this we also looked at various basaltic pillow lavas and strata along the coastline, some conglomerates, and some barely developed sandstones.
The views were stunning, and the merciless lashings of the wind and rain left us with an afternoon to remember — I went home wet, as did quite a few of the others. Overall, the day was a good experience, for despite the rain leaving us wet the welcome enlightenment by our surroundings created its own kind of subtle joy within the psyche.
To encounter the natural world on such an intimate level is beautiful, peaceful, and humbling, and reminds us of our place in the larger universe. It’s exactly why I moved out here, and over the next few years I’m going to be looking forward to more of the same.