Saturday, November 3, 2007
The leg is healing nicely. I am hobbling around crutchless most of the time. anyones planning on going to teh regional GSA meeting in Reno?
Monday, October 15, 2007
What this ALSO means that REALLY stinks is that I am going to have to take a medical withdrawal or an incomplete from my fly fishing class. There is no way in heck I can fly fish with a bum leg.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Already I am in completely over my head. Paul dropped a very cool thesis project on my lap having to do with hot springs on the Bear River, Idaho and wants a prospectus yesterday. We ahvea geology writing class that's offered (and mandatory in spring) that teaches geologists how to write with the end product being the MS Thesis prospectus. So if I have mine done a semester beforethat class starts, do I get to take more fly fishing classes instead?
All next week, we're running around folowling the reverse track og the Yellowstone hotpot (way cool. In another few weeks, GSA (YAY!)
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Paul confirmed that the cool depositional unconformity I found between fine silt and pebble conglomerate turbidites was Copper Basin. I totally missed the lake so I looking at rocks was the next best thing to do. This irc was just about one mile due east of Devil's Beadstead. If I hadn't been worried about it getting dark and missing dinner, I would have wandered more.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I survived field camp without any aches, pains, or injuries in spite of the fact that the majority of people there were almost half my age. The last week or so was pretty hectic, hence the lack of blogging. Back in Poky I had a busted sprinkler head, 6 inch tall grass, a 60 foot dying spruce needing removal, a leaky toilet, moldy basement carpet, and a dog desperately in need of a bath. If Jenny were feeling better, I think I’d drag her back up to the mountains with me again.
The weirdest thing is coming back to ‘reality’. I have been nut to butt with the same 27 people for the past 5 weeks and now that field camp is over, we have gone our separate ways. I was walking through Wal-Mart and other places hearing voices of other people that sounded vaguely familiar like people at camp and seeing people from a distance or from behind looking like people at camp but it wasn’t them. Maybe I’ll visit field camp next year and bring my mutt with me. My dog couldn’t come this time. He’s never been out camping with me and I was sharing a tent with Elliot and Lil’ Dan.
Next recommendations: take a orienteering class. In other words, learn how to figure out where the hell you are on a topo map using the terrain and your compass. ISU has a weekend class but I had forgotten everything I learned. Buy rain gear that packs small and light. The less space it takes in your pack and less weight it has, the better. As far as packs go, I am not sure what’s better, tall and narrow or short and wide. I bought a tall one and it was a pain in the ass under low hanging branches. Use a pack that will fit an adequate amount of stuff that you are comfortable with. I know that’s a bit vague but I bought another pack that held all my stuff, had room for water, but hooked on low hanging branches and generally put me off balance every time I carried it.
That’s it…field camp it over. Where this blog goes from ere is anyone’s guess.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I have apparently completely lost track of time here at LRFS. According to Cat, the TA, everyone does. The weeks don’t go from Monday to Friday with weekends off, there’s no TV, no newspapers, and no radio except for the sporadic radio stations between LRFS and wherever we may be headed to. “LRFS” is Lost River Field Station…Field Camp. With all this lost time, I managed to not only not write an entry here but worse…I hadn’t emailed my honey in 5 days. I’ll pay for that…my bad.
Boulder Creek was absolutely beautiful. It will be one of the places on my list to go back to on my own. This next place we are going to will be above the tree line above 10,000 feet. It will have igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, and glacial deposits. The terrain is supposed to be more rugged than anything we’ve seen so far. Sounds cool to me :)
Next task…email my honey.
Here’s a couple more tips:
- Bring bright clothes. It’s easier to see your partner if they are wearing bright clothes and easier for you to be seen. Almost all of my stuff is camouflage or sage colored. That was dumb.
- Bring a radio, 2-way walkie-talkie multi channel type. LRFS provides them for teams but if you lose your partner and he has the radio you’re out of luck.
- Rechargeable batteries, lots plus a charger. The tents have power so you can charge your stuff I your tents.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
My experiment with an expeditiary beard is beginning to make me crazy (and making me look old)It may have to go when I get back to Poky. We were at some bar in Mackey and some guy asked if two of the women with us were my daughters (ouch). Technically, they were the same age as my daughter, so it could (sort of) been possible. Anyhow, after 2+ weeks, I am pretty scruffy.
The snot has cleared, the ear infection is gone (YAY).
Friday, June 15, 2007
Geological mapping is not hard as long as you manage to get the contacts on the right place on the map and have a clue what the contacts are before walking past them. The first mapping project we only managed to get a couple contacts on the map inferring the rest (wrongly). The second mapping project I was completely out if it with a cold. This time I'll get it right.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Today's plan is to head back into the Lost River Range and check out a rock glacier. What's a rock glacier? Heck, I don't know. It may be an old glacier covered with talus or it may be a new glacier formed beneath talus. It's supposed to be really cool and (here's the best part) it's just for fun (YAY).
Yesterday we hiked our asses off. We started out mapping out a fault scarp along the base of the range (by drive along, get out, map, drive some more, map some more). This was pretty lazy and decadent, but we have a fabulous map of the scarp. THEN we hiked 1200 feet straight up the side of the mountain to see a cool limestone outcrop. It was gorgeous...too bad I don;t have any pics of it. The limestone forms one leg of an anticline with a 800+ foot drop straight down. With 24 of us and all sharing photos, someone will have a photo. When we got to the trail head I realized that I had forgotten my clipboard, maps, field book, and lunch (duh). Glenn lent me his clipboard, map and part of his lunch so I didn't starve or wanted around lost. I bought him a 6-pack of IPA.
Tomorrow Yellowstone...and no blog entries until we get back on Wednesday.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
The Write-in-the-Rain notebook pouches kind of suck. They are too tight to get the notebook in easily. One guy here used a army surplus water canteen bag for his. I think I am going to borrow that idea. Hammer loops...the fancy ones they sell in the museum store that are all leather and snap suck too. They seem cheesy.
Mornings are the best time of the day at field camp…at least for those who can wake up. Breakfast is served promptly at 7:00 so most people wander into the barn some time between 6:45 and 7:00. (Last year people were wandering in some time before 8:00 when we have discussions). Between 5:30 and 6:00, almost no one is awake, the Pioneers are glowing in the west, and the birds are out (and some farmer’s freaking dog that needed a muzzle). It the best time to get laundry done or a shower. The professors (at least Paul) are awake, Cathy’s cooking breakfast, and the coffee is on.
Breakfast’s are great. There is always cold cereal, yoghurt, instant oatmeal for the oddballs. But there is always something hot like French toast, eggs, coffee cake, sweet rolls.
Today, more running around the glacial terrain near
Friday, June 8, 2007
Today we ran all over Rock Creek and Birch Springs. This sounds nice right like a leisurely walk in the park. Wrong. This was walking up and down Pleistocene glacial moraines 1000 foot climbs up 60% grades. We were supposed to be mapping till about 6pm but by 4pm a bunch of us petered out. Mapping glacial and fluvial stuff isn't easy. Right now Google Earth is my friend.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Three days ago it was almost 90F here. Yesterday it snowed. That's Idaho for ya.. We are doing the Borah Peak mapping project today and for the next few days. It has to do with mapping glacial quaternary sections I suspect. This will be cool.
Next suggestion, bring drugs... cough drops (Halls are great), allergy/cold medicine, whatever may come up. I don't think I will ever buy generic Neosporin again. The stuff just doesn't do anything; the same goes for generic Tums. My wife was right...she's (almost) always right.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Hmmm...The last few days have been cool. We mapped out Leslie Butte. This is about a 4km field area with anticlines and sync lines, faults and 5 different limestones that look virtually identical except for a fews marker beds and differences in fossils. The first few days were hell just trying to get into the rhythm of things. By day 4 I was back to normal hiking self. Pat of the problem may have had to do with an over sized backpack. On day 4 I used a Camelback I usually use and was back in balance.
Allegedly, the climate this year is unusual. Last year everyone spent their first 2 weeks in their rain gear and battles raging rivers and snow. For us it has been relatively cloudless skies and hot. Recommendation: bring lots of water. When they say bring 4 quarts, do it. I empties my 3 liter Camelback by early afternoon.
Next recommendation, take invertebrate paleontology from Lief. Even though I stumbled over the Latin names in his class, the class was invaluable for this first week identifying the fossils in the limestone. In the Paleo class we went to the San Rafael swell and did the same sort of stuff staring at virtually identical limestone and identifying fossils. Other tips, a map and compass class or some sort if orienteering class would be useful and knowing how to use your GPS. Big one here, when you get the map for the field area in week one and probably the remaining weeks) scan in and blow up your field area. This week we were given a 8.5x11 map and our area was on 25% of the map. By the tpme you have a few dozen strikes and dips, the map is illegible. This doesn't include being smeared bu sweaty hands trying to hold the map in your clipboard.
SO ends this entry...I have some beer drinking and guitar picking to do. One more tip, bring spare guitar strings.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Tip..bring lots of water. When they say 4 liters, they mean it. We walked from one end of the area to the other to get to "Enlightenment Point" which happened to be on the opposite end of the site as the vehicles managing to completely drain my Camelback. Nice little hike :)... by the time I got back to camp everything hurt. But bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning.
Next tip...if you actually want to share music with you MP3 player, the easiest thing to do it with is an iPod, not a different brand like I got. My MP3 player is a 30 GB Creative Zen. It's a great player but everything here is iPod and (deleted expletive) iPod equipment doesn't talk to anything else.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Tip #1 Pack a week ahead of time and use a check list.
What did we do today? Lots of milling about waiting to get here. Once here we had an orientation and a small assignment: map the field camp area and wrte up an environmental assessment. Pretty cool stuff.
I am so damn tired...woke up at 4am this morning.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
The question is do I take my Cherokee or drive with the ISU vehicles...do I take all the fixings for Manhattan's or just bring Scotch. Bringing my own vehical would be dumb...bringing the fixings for Manhattan's would be cool.
Manhattan: 2 shots Scotch, 1 shot sweet vermouth, 2 shakes bitters on the rocks (with a lemon twist). Seriously that is my favorite drink. I just had one and I am buzzed (weeee)
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I think I'm totally over packed but this IS for 5-weeks and I still haven't quite figured how exactly to pack a backpack.
For today, toothbrush, clean underwear, work gloves, and most importantly a full flask of Scotch.
As far as Scotch goes, I enjoy the good stuff but I'm way too cheap to ever actually buy it. My budget brand of choice is Clan MacGregor. It's blended, aged 36 months and inexpensive. It burns a bit, doesn't taste like you're sucking charcoal, and it's fun to say Clan MacGregor in a thick Scottish brogue like Sean Connery. OK, I saw that last part on someone else's website and I thought it was funny (BUT TRUE!) http://www.pusateri.org/cruft/docs/clanmacgregor.html