Brenda wrote poem about our trip here:
Toroweap Time Shared by Brenda
while Lava Falls'
From his cinder throne
"Where's the fire?"
Two-toothed Jack with Buddha smile
knows where embers glow and
on this hallowed night
on this hallowed night
Although too old to do some treks,
You are never too ancient to attempt
that first Pumpkin. With skill, you
carved out eyebrows that resembled the
narrow curves of the Colorado. Again
with competence, you lead our group of
aging Geonuts on another journey.
Adroitly you presented information for all to
digest, no matter how clogged are our skulls.
We observed hot air rising out of the canyon,
with birds capturing the drafts, and occasional
explosions of campfire discussion addressing
inflamed bodily emissions.
A new volcanic hill was scaled and all
groupies are content with another rewarding outing.
Thanks for being there,
The Professor and the Pumpkin
by Dennis PetersonOur leader, professor Wayne Ranney
can rhapsodize for days on carving
the Grand Canyon,
from Apatites to Xenoliths
but has never carved into a pumpkin.
How can that be?
Well, last Halloween history was made.
George and Carol, the pumpkin providers
for our Toroweap geology trip
during the Halloween celebration
presented the spheroidal object
to Professor Ranney.
Even though it wasn't stratified
or volcanic in origin, he went
at it like the mighty Colorado.
With pen first drawing the face
giving place for the knife to follow
not unlike those early miners
who dug out the Grand Canyon
those many many years ago;
a place to insert their shovels. The orb now looking like a topo map and with directions coming from all sides the first slice was made, erosion by knife. The face began to take shape, first the eyes, then nose and lastly the mouth. Oh schist! a slip of the knife, a tooth has been mass wasted. Emergency call to Dr Weld our groups' staff Dentist. But how to reattach it? Forward comes Ken, Dr Welds able assistant with a toothpick for the attachment; now the Grand Toroweap Pumpkin has its smile restored. With candle inserted and lit casting an eerie smile over us not unlike professor Ranney's when he stumps the class with questions like "who here has ever seen or lit a fart?" Questions like that, deep thinking and reflective cause his students into long and meaningful discussions. Meanwhile the Grand Toroweap Pumpkin all lit up and smiling, wondering what all this talk is about and what it has to do with geology. Even though the Grand Toroweap Pumpkin has an internal flame glowing and could work very nicely as a flame thrower, it's of no use for the topic now discussed for no thought was given to hollowing out a fumarole. With only a carved head and nothing below the Grand Toroweap Pumpkin can only laugh with us.