Sunday, August 14, 2011
On the drive there, we saw signs for Cabela's and I was excited that it was the same exit as Yuengling. I arm-twisted my driver and we took a quick trip there. Sidebar - I had planned on a hot, sunny, and humid day and I had dressed according to this including suede ballet flats. Turns out it was rainy and cold so I spent most of the day miserable. Cabela's was freezing inside to add insult to injury. It was packed with people and I want to go back and spend more time there. But it was as I expected....full of stuffed critters. The river otter stood out as it was giving the death glare. Not the cute and happy live otters I've seen.
Friday, August 5, 2011
This summer we've been extra busy with field work. We have a few high profile jobs that require us to be environmental monitors for construction for a variety of reasons. It's making sure that trees that are threatening power lines are safely removed without disturbing rare turtles or their habitat or making sure that a major construction operation doesn't injure any rare turtles. Both of these operations continue no matter how hot it gets even when it's record breaking. Above is a pic I took of my mobile weather instrument taken in the shade one day. It did get hotter but I didn't feel like doing much of anything aside from snapping pics. I was surprised to see a couple painted turtles fully basking on the hottest time of the hottest day. I guess they don't mind short spans of the heat as much as I thought.