A day with the Parsons

A day with the Parsons

It constantly amazes me to see so many people and groups who want to save the planet. We are privileged to live on an amazing and ever changing planet that keeps its own counsel and changes as forces far beyond our understanding continue the inexorable process of change and will do so regardless of what we wish or say.

The photo tonight is one that I took a little over a year ago when the Parson & Grussing families convened at the Sedona Airport. A fun afternoon was had as in order, Greg, Emma and Jenn joined me in flights over the Northern Arizona landscape. In the photo, Oak Creek Canyon runs from lower right to upper left central and the white patch is the top of Wilson Mountain. Wilson is a resting volcanic cone and you can see the cinder cone on the Oak Creek side of the mountain, but not in this photo. Well, at least part of the volcanic cone is there; about a million years ago a few large movements on the Oak Creek fault line sheered the cone into two pieces and the eastern side of the cone has dropped about two hundred feet and shifted to the south east about a quarter mile. Those must have been some rocking earthquakes. As you follow Oak Creek Canyon to the North you will see the San Francisco Peaks with a crown of snow on them. Humphreys Peak up there is the highest of the peaks at 12, 637'; over a period of time eruptions built the mountain to a height estimated to be between 16,000' and 20,000' ... but then around 400,000 or more years ago there was an eruption that blew the top 6,000' off. All of the hills, mountains that you see in the Flagstaff area are dormant volcanoes. The cycle is between 800 and 1000 years so we are kind of due for another one.

The photo is one of beauty and tranquility as we flew above the clouds, but it belies the incredible forces which rendered the earth to form this photo.

Species come and go, and that will include our own ... someday ... we find stability because of our very short life spans, when in fact there has never been stability on the planet and that is a good thing or we would never have been here.

Enough, earth is a beautiful planet and we are privileged to be here and share it with others who inhabit it. The coffee shall be ground and brewed in five hours and then I start the day in a dental chair ...but then it is to the confluence.

Have a great day and be well,



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