Bits of Life

Week of Work in Washington!

Posted on: September 13, 2011

Hot!  Again I get to be someplace where the temperature is hotter than normal maybe even ever!  I’m getting a bit old for this, even though I enjoy the travel, new food, different ecosystems especially in the short space of 12 hours!

Weed inventory Field Tour in Southeastern WA, Portland Oregon and Seattle railroad sites.  Taking pictures mostly.  When we first began, we identified the beginning and ending of the plots with a 14′ 2″ pink or orange tape.  I changed the numbers on a magnetic white board and placed it at the beginning of the plot.  Shoot and move to the next.  The 14′ tapes became a time waster and so I thought why not have something that is rigid yet collapses like a fishing pole.  After many fits and starts at Lowe’s, we decided on 1/2″ plastic conduit and to make it foldable, a bungee cord was run through the middle and held to ends by plastic washers.  It works beautiful and speeds up transfer from one plot to another.

But it was hot!  Did I mention this before!!??  My glasses slid off my nose and hit the ballast and I lost little pieces of mother-of-pearl from the sides.  Maybe a new pair soon!!


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