Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours
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Out in the Field

Mostly I'm a desk jockey, but I do have a few opportunities to get out into the field. Last year I got out for a couple of months as part of a groundwater study. The USGS was ending the study (which we paid for) and there was debate as to what should be done with the project. Some people wanted to keep it going while others wanted to kill it or just scale it back. I voted to keep it going since the instruments are going to be in the wells collecting data anyway. If we pulled them all out, we would have a pile of expensive sensors doing nothing. I also volunteered to do the field work to at least collect the data.

It was a long and tedious process to get the ducks in a row, but things finally came together. Seeing as my funding might be ending at the end of next month as we begin a new fiscal year, I decided to get my butt out there and start working. Conditions, however, are less than optimal at this time of the year. Heat is the biggest issue. OMG! I don't think I have sweat that much outside of a fursuit. Perhaps even IN fursuit I sweat less. I only brought a half gallon of water with me which was a mistake. Next time, double that. There was very little shade, and the Sun was brutal. I'm using a laptop to download the data and by the end of the day it was covered in dust and sweat. There were big streaks of salt running down the monitor. In the field that brutal Sun also makes reading the display a real challenge. Sweat on the touch pad also makes it hard to move the cursor (if I could even see the damn thing!) Finally there are bugs. Flies like nothing better than a sweaty fat guy. I'm also kneeling on the ground (which eventually got so hot it almost burned me through my jeans) and there always seems to be an ant hill close by. By the time I got home, I was completely and totally exhausted, not to mention pretty darned dehydrated.

I hope to get into a better routine as time goes on. I got about 9 wells done out of a total of over 200. Yeah. This might take awhile. Oh for some clouds and cooler temps!
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