It was the third full-out field day today. Bruised and sore, we are kicking some serious plot-building butt. I am so proud of this team we have. They are without complaint even when I know they are exhausted and are pushing themselves places they usually would never go. In this group, we have three undergraduates with us for their first year of bog fieldwork; Mikah, Anita, and Brian have been incredible and it will be a great year with them on the team.
We have hauled 510 10’ pieces of lumber from here to Red Earth Creek. We haven’t quite finished with 170 of those that need new homes tomorrow after finding their angle of repose tucked into the trees about 200 meters down the cutline. That is almost a mile of 10-foot pieces laid end to end. This lumber is now distributed across a few sites, and we’ve another 170 to go at a new site early next week. Slogging through the soupy mosses, while an excellent workout, is not the easiest thing in the world. I give our team giant props for being such good sports. Everyone has bruises on their shoulders and sore muscles everywhere, but a few more days of this and we can get onto the fun less painful stuff.
Postings may be scarce here while we exhaust ourselves, but all is well in the grand scheme of things. Fires are burning here and there, but nothing to cause us worry. Hopefully will keep you all updated as we move through this first phase of the summer.