Saturday, June 19, 2010

Where I'm At

I don't have a lot of time to update the blog now that I've started Field Camp.

Let me explain what that means.

Field Camp is a 7-week geology course dealing with advanced field methods. They take us out into the wild country where the rocks are. We leave from the school at 8:00am on Monday and stay out in the field until Friday. On Saturday, we do projects based on the field work we did that week. And we take a shower (Yeah!) and do our laundry.

Some people would love to do this sort of thing for school. I'm one of them. I love being out in the field.

Our first week, we were out close to Price Utah in a place called "the Book Cliffs". Last week, we went out to the Gros Ventre Range (pronounced "Grow Vaunt", French for "big stomach") in Wyoming. We measure rock units, describe them, and map them. This is all in preparation for a final 2-week project where each student will be given an area to map out in the Beaverhead Mountains. The neat thing about the project is that good detailed geologic mapping of the area has never been done before.

The final week of the course, we'll be back in Rexburg compiling things from our final mapped area. So that's it. I usually don't have any cell coverage out in the sticks, but sometimes it's good enough to send a text. So if you're trying to get ahold of me, weekends are your best bet.

Happy Camping!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Old West

Jackson Hole Wyoming was a blast. I'll just let the pictures tell the story:

These Magic Moments

Lately I've had the luck of getting spontaneous invitations to do fun things. Despite the fact that Rexburg seems to be overshadowed by an impenetrable layer of clouds, life has not been void of fun moments.

Sunday night, my friend Steph had a game night at her place, complete with homemade rolls and homemade strawberry jam. If that wasn't sweet enough, I had unbelievable good luck at cards that night.

For Memorial Day, we went to Walmart, bought some green and pink paint, and had a paint war out by the shooting range outside of town.

On Wednesday afternoon, my roommate sent me a text saying "Hey, do you wanna go to a concert?" I ended up going. It was a small concert in Pocatello at this little venue. There were only like 20 people in the crowd and 4 different bands performed. It was a lot of fun. The bands were "Mess of Me" (they're from Salt Lake and not that great), "Audra Mae" (she was awesome), "Yukon Blonde", and "Good Old War". They all have a modern folk music sound and it was a lot of fun. Good Old War was the main reason we went, and they were the best act, but I was pleasantly surprised with Audra Mae. (I've added some Good Old War songs to my playlist over to the left)

Today, I'm heading to Jackson Hole. I'm not quite sure what I'll be doin' there, but it's sure to be fun.