Lincoln Hollister, Professor of Geosciences Emeritus served as a Princeton faculty member from 1968 to his retirement in 2011. He spent most of his career studying the origins of mountains. Having served as Princeton Journeys study leader in both Alaska and Bhutan, two areas central to his geologic research, Linc was bound to provide us with a pick that was long on vistas and interesting geology for the When in Rome feature. His pick: Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
Why does Prince Rupert hold such a fascination for you?
It was the center of my research continuously since 1969.
What are the three things one must do “when in Rome,” particularly for the first-time visitor?
Take a small plane ride around and through the mountains. Photographing the eagles. Go halibut fishing. The enchantment is exploration.
What are the two or three things that one should do or places that one should go while in Prince Rupert that can’t be found in a typical guidebook?
Follow my geo guide (not yet published) through the region.
What is in competition with Prince Rupert for your favorite spot on the planet?
Northern New Mexico, where geologic history is interwoven with the Pueblo cultures. Things to do include visiting a huge volcano, touring the Rio Grande Gorge, and examining incredible petroglyphs. You can also go to the Santa Fe Opera.