January 9 - 22, 2011

a NEW Earth View Itinerary.....You'll definitely FIND FAULTS with this tour!

Some of the world's best geology and scenery is located in Southern Cal! 

We'll visit Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego plus amazing State and National Parks

See Below for full itinerary

Day 1 -- Sunday, Jan. 9  Arrive Los Angeles for next 4 nights.

Day 2 -- Monday, Jan. 10  Los Angeles County Natural History Museum: La Brea Tar Pits.  This newly remodeled museum is in one of the world's most important fossil locations.  Explore historic Olvera St for dinner.

Day 3 -- Tuesday, Jan. 11   Today we will survey LA's scenic coast, with views of the Palos Verdes Hills faults and landslides, uplifted marine terraces, and beaches.

Day 4 -- Wednesday, Jan. 12  Free Day.  Options:  Boat to Catalina Island or San Juan Capistrano Mission.

Day 5 -- Thursday, Jan. 13  It's a short jaunt to Palm Springs for next two nights.  Mt. San Jacinto mountain tram ride and views.

Day 6 -- Friday, Jan. 14  Joshua Tree National Monument explorations.   Walks and views of amazing mountains of eroding granite.

Day 7 -- Saturday, Jan. 15  The next 3 nights will be at the Borrego Valley Desert Inn, an exclusive small resort surrounded by the magnificent desert landscape of Anza-Borrego State Park (which is the size of Rhode Island!).  We'll pass the Salton Sea on the way.

Days 8 - 9 -- Sunday, Monday, Jan. 16-17.  Explorations in Anza-Borrego State Park.  From a huge area of desert dunes to rugged mountains we will find hikes and fun activities for all participants.  Amazing geologic stories and vistas.

Day 10 -- Tuesday, Jan. 18.  San Diego is our destination for the next 3 nights.  Explore scenic Point Loma with sunset views over San Diego Bay and the Pacific.

Days 11 and 12 --  Wednesday, Thursday, Jan. 19, 20.  Free days for explorations.  Recommended destinations: Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wildlife Park, Mexico day trip, and other choices to be discussed.

Day 13 --  Friday, Jan. 21.  Beach front hotel at Oceanside.  On our way to the beach, we will visit the "King of the Missions" , San Luis Rey (1798), on a marine terrace, just inland from Oceanside.

Day 14 -- Saturday, Jan. 22.  Morning travel to Los Angeles for departure home.  Be to book your plane flight for the afternoon.

COST (estimated)  --  $1950 per person, double occupancy. 

Details:  Tour price includes hotels and rental vehicles, tour guide, pre and post-trip meetings, guidebook, and video record of trip.  You will have to sign a tour liability waiver.  We have volunteer tour-member drivers for our rental vehicles, usually 7 passenger mini-vans with 4 passengers.  We arrange the maximum liability coverage for the rental vehicles.  Not included are:  Airfares, food, entrance fees, parking fees, vehicle gas.  The group will split the cost for vehicle gas and parking.

Your Tour Leader:  Prof. Richard Little began leading geology-oriented vacation-field trips in 1981 after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, as a way to have small groups see and appreciate the great wonders of our Earth.  Over the past 30 years he and his wife, Suzanne, have planned and guided “Fantastic Landscape Tours” from Alaska and Hawaii to Yellowstone and the Caribbean.  Dick has BA and MA degrees from Clark and the Univ. of So. California in Los Angeles, and has taught geology and oceanography at Greenfield Community College since 1969.  He is the author of two books and two videos about Connecticut Valley geology, and has been elected to the Mass. Science Educators Hall of Fame.  Suzanne is a retired social worker and former educator, with a love of landscapes and alpine flowers.

RESERVE NOW:  Due to our reservations at the premiere Borrego Valley Inn, this tour will have no more than 10 participants.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE(S)     Send $500 per person deposit to


Please contact RICHARD D. LITTLE for more information. 

phone: 413.527.8536      email:


Payment schedule:

$500 deposit, fully refundable until September 1st. 

$50 per person administration fee for cancellation after September 1st.

Final Payment due October 1st.