July 17, 2008 § Leave a comment
I went out in the field today! And let me tell you, it was fan-tastic. After a week and a half of straight reading, it was just what I needed. I went out with Wayne, who is…awesome. I couldn’t ask for a better boss. Actually, he’s not really my boss. He’s the boss of my boss. So that would make him, like what, my boss squared? I dunno. Today we did reconnaissance, which is my favorite kind of field work. I wish I could just do that all the time, except then I suppose no actual work would ever get done. We went to the Valles Caldera, where I will be doing my mapping. And I learned and saw a whole bunches of stuff. I walked on a real live histosol (squishy!) while battling a hoarde of flies – that bite. Saw tuff and obsidian and a whole crap-load of pumice! And learned that ponderosa pines have three long needles and limber pines have five short needles. The only unfortunate part was that we got rained out before making it to the actual area where I have field work. Sad. Oh well. I’ll get out there soon enough. Probably next week.
But first… this weekend. Will be busy. Tomorrow night I’m going salsa dancing, Saturday I’m getting my furniture (no more sleeping on the floor for me!), and Sunday I’m going hiking. 7.8 miles. So if I don’t show up again, it’s probably because I died. Oh man I hope I am prepared for what I am getting myself into.