Turtleback Mountain looks over the Dragonfly
Garden. It's geologic history is one of the oldest in North America.
Rock has been found on the mountain that originated
in ancient Polynesia. We couldn't believe it when we first heard this
at a lecture in 1998 on the geology of the islands. However, in September
2007 we saw a television series called "Geologic Journey" presented by
the Canadian Broadcasting Company which explained how this could have
masses were moving around the planet 65 million years ago, coming together
and creating new continents. One of them became North America. The western
shoreline in our region used to be where Alberta, Canada is today, but
land masses migrating from the Pacific and South Pacific Ocean rammed
into it, adding to the continent's shoreline. The power of these collisions
was so tremendous that the impact created the Rocky Mountains. Complex
rock formations and radical angles of layering can be found throughout
the islands showing evidence of the dramatic geologic activity.
Turtle Head can be see from the valley that surrounds our
garden. There is an energy vortex there that gives it a powerful
presence in the landscape. We understand that there is a ley line that
runs from there down through the garden and we feel it when we
are in certain areas of the garden, especially the Omega Room. The mountain's
contribution to the energy of
the Dragonfly Garden is significant and deeply respected.
In 2006 there was a big campaign to save Turtleback Mountain
from development. Islanders donated $18.5 million dollars to save it.
Now under the management of the San Juan Preservation Trust, hiking
trails have been created for public use.
Read more on
their website. (Scroll down the page to find Turtleback Mountain).