Westward Ho

Location: Lander, Wyoming, United States

I'm just a western boy living the good life and enjoying every minute of it.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Campsite. Posted by Picasa

Our campsite and view for this week. Mosquito Lake on Union Pass in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 15, 2005

Catch of the day...Sherman the Shark Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Field Season in Full Swing

The time has come. (Makes you think of that Midnight Oil song, doesn't it?) We are leaving the doldrums of office life behind and heading into the great outdoors. This is the time of year when my life gets busy. We start our intensive stream sampling next week, which means we'll be out every week, from Monday through Thursday, in some of the most remote areas of the state, performing stream assessments.

Last week and early this week, we were lucky enough to be out on a boat, sampling reservoirs in central Wyoming. There's just something about sitting on a boat in the shining sun, even if you are doing work. What a way to spend the day. It got pretty hot the couple days we were out, but we made sure to fall over the side of the boat into the fairly cool water every now and then. As an added bonus, we found an abandoned inflatable shark that had washed up into a cove. We retrieved it, named it Sherman, and positioned it as our new mascot on the boat.

We start our streamwork off with a bang next week, going deep into the rugged foothills south of Lander. Excellent moose, deer, antelope, eagle, hawk and rattlesnake habitat. Should be some sweet camping too. Man, I love my job.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Vietnam - Lander Style

I hope everyone had a great July 4th weekend. Melissa and I went up to Cody, Wyoming, where she has family. We played some games, watched the tourists, went to the rodeo and sat through the parade in the blazing Wyoming heat. Sunday, I got to play the relatively new Meeteetse golf course. Beautiful 9-hole course about 30 miles from cody. Absolutely kicked my arse. One of the toughest courses I have ever played.

We had decided to come back to Lander on the afternoon/evening of the 4th, mainly because I had to work today and am going out in the field for the rest of the week. I had been told by coworkers to steer clear of Lander on the 4th if at all possible. Their reasoning...Lander bans fireworks within city limits for the entire year except on the 4th, and people make up for it by blowing the lid off the town for an entire day. Knowing how much fun our family has had in the past with fireworks, I thought my coworkers were exagerating. Oh, how naive I was.

We got back to Lander around 6:00 last night to a steady thumping of loud firecrackers, including many from our across the street neighbor kid, who we actually like. He's a good kid, except when he's around explosives. After an hour of listening to non-stop explosions from every corner of the town, we wondered how long people could enjoy setting off firework after firework. The answer finally became clear around 11:30 that night. It was a continuous powder keg from the minute we got to Lander (and who knows how long prior to that) until almost midnight, when the fireworks ban went back into effect. Thank God I was never in Vietnam. Last night would have sent my mind back into the trenches, waiting for the North Vietnamese army to blast its way into my little apartment.