Thought I'd provide everyone with an update as to what's gone on since I left Katy. I started field work last Friday and yesterday I went out on my own for the first time; I was able to shoot all the points I was assigned without my mentor. Because of this my boss gave me the next two days off to take it easy. What a Godsend that was. There are terrible blisters on both of my heels that haven't been getting any help closing up. Since Friday I've walked on average about 6-7 miles a day shooting points with the GPS.
Exactly a week ago I was staying at a family friends' place in Midland. Probably the nicest group of people I've ever met. Extremely hospitable bunch, they gave me a place to stay for three days during my orientation (I've also never had as good of a home-cooked meal as theirs!). They live on a nice big piece of land where they raise two horses and various other livestock, including five dogs. With all the land to run around on, they're nothing but spoiled.
After staying with them I took off & headed towards Carlsbad, NM. Made it to the inn that my boss is staying at and met everyone else I'd be working with. Bought a room but ended up getting stuck with a two bedroom unit until a one bedroom becomes available. Pretty cozy, but toasty inside. The AC unit doesn't work very well.
And the "office". I usually find myself here every night after work with my summer reading material. All those books cost only five bucks at a Goodwill in Midland!
The work current routine requires me to wake up at five every morning. We're usually out and about at six setting up the base. It's a large antenna w/ a Leica system hooked up so our GPS have a reference point before we start shooting other points later in the day.
|Originally posted by maryjane:|
New Mexico is crawling with rattlesnakes, scorpions, and Chupacabri this time of year...................
Haven't found any scorpions or Chupacabri yet
but I have bumped into two snakes since I started working.
The first day out in the field I was staring at the GPS trying to find my next point. I wasn't paying attention to where I was walking until my mentor alerted me to what I stepped on:
Walked right on top of him! He didn't even seem to care; didn't move, didn't make a sound, didn't become aggressive. Just layed there and watched us for a couple of minutes until he slithered away. I wasn't even a foot and a half away from him when I took that picture.
The day after I bumped into a rattlesnake early in the morning. Wow, was he PISSED!
Couldn't have been much older than a year since his rattler was fairly tiny. Sure made a lot of noise though.
So far, that's everything worth mentioning. I'll just be enjoying the time off by reading my books. There isn't much to do here in Carlsbad, but before the summer is over I need to go to the caverns and get a look at those.
[This message has been edited by Bradley Jay (edited 05-25-2011).]