Monday, August 17, 2009
It was FANTASTIC though the next morning. The most amazing sunrise ever... What an amazing thing to see before I leave. What a change it's going to be to come back to the humidity of Charleston. I'm a little worried about hopping off that plane into the heat. Anyway, I'm going to miss Jackson and Grand Teton so much and I am so not ready to leave yet. For those of you who I haven't talked to recently, I'm seriously considering the move out here after graduation. It's such a wonderful place full of friendly people that love to spend time in the outdoors. Until then, I'll be in school and working at Half-Moon - yay!
See you all soon! I'll be flying into Charleston on the 22nd because I have a wonderful mother and she's agreed to fly out here and drive my car home so that I can stay out here for another week. Love you, mom. :)
Monday, July 27, 2009
(This was written a while ago before the trip up the Grand and should have been posted earlier, but I'm a little off with the blogging right now.)
So, it has been a while and I apologize… I lost my blogging stride a little after going off to Glacier for the Fourth of July. We had quite a blast and it completely wore me out.
So, one my favorite new things about the park service is their policy on holidays. They’ll never screw you out of a holiday if it falls on your day off (colleges should think about instituting this…) Basically, the Fourth fell on a Saturday and I’m normally off on Fridays (I work 4 – 10 hour days) so I got of Thursday. YAY for a three day week, while getting paid for four!
Anyway, so Anna and I left for Glacier! Alex, her fellow intern, and his roommate Matt joined us as well. The drive wasn’t too bad, around eight hours in the green rolling hills of Idaho and Montana. Saw a few interesting things on the way… First, for some reason all bales of hay in Idaho are square. Kinda looks like a farmer’s version of modern art. And, apparently, there’s nothing else to do out in the middle of nowhere…. Sad.
On the first night in we stopped at Charlie’s Bar in Babb, MT on the eastern side of the park… the local bar on the res. It was a very interesting outlook on local Indian/Park relations. Definitely a decent amount of animosity between the two, especially concerning the most recent fire out there that originated in the park and spread to the reservation. And the place was carpeted…. Eeeww. (But, all together, totally worth going. Plus, Babb is the coolest town ever. Had to get a Babb T-shirt.) Ended up camping in St. Mary’s in the park. Okay campground, but not fabulous, campsites were WAY.
Second day was our day in Glacier … The plan was to do the Highline trail but we had heard that it wasn’t open yet. We ended up going to Iceberg Lake and then up the scree field to where the Shangri La Trail is but ended up sliding on our butts all the way back down. Tons of fun, but hard on the knees. Made our way across the park on the Going-To-The-Sun Road (just as awesome as last year!) and anna and i jumped in the flathead on the side of the road. CRAZY COLD. But super fun.
And the culmination of the trip....... POLEBRIDGE. My first ever hippie commune. Living off the grid at its finest. (And, the mercantile is on the National Register of Historic Places, so it was totally educational.)
Frisbee and beer games and music all day long. Met tons of awesomely hilarious people camped on the banks of the river with a huge bonfire.... If only I hadn't lost my camera somewhere in that crazy town. :(
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Otherwise, I'm still at a loss with what to do for my thesis.... if anyone out there has any ideas or inspiration, I'm desperate!
Plenty of snow to travel over... that's for sure... Jackson Peak is right at the top there.
View from halfway up to the peak...
Monday, June 29, 2009
more pictures tomorrow... On Sunday David and I climbed Jackson Peak. 10, 715 feet in elevation. Yay for snow!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
(Note: These signs are usually around waist high...)
So, then for dinner, actually made some delicious camp food with noodles, a creamy pesto sauce, peas, s & p, garlic powder, parmesan cheese and chicken out of a bag (that smelled a little like tuna on first sniff but actually tasted pretty good once cooked). Oh, and chocolate for dessert. Can't forget the chocolate. Slept okay, but the site was a little sloped so Anna and I ended up a little squished. But, the worst part was the sleeping pad, the damn thing must have a hole, but I can't find it. Anyone want to contribute to the fund for a thermarest z-lite that won't deflate?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Anna and David and Steve and I went for a hike today in Targhee National Forest. Tons of gorgeous flowers.... And time for me to get in better shape, we've been hiking a few times a week now, time to up the ante so I'll be ready to do Grand Teton in July.
So, finally a little bit about my internship! So, I’m up here living in this crazy little wood cabin in the middle of nowhere in Grand Teton….
At work we’ve been working a lot on getting caught up on the 106 Compliance Reports that have to be done for almost all of the preservation projects within the park. The major ones have to go through the state SHPO office while regular maintenance gets to skip that process through the Programmatic Agreement among the National Park Service, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the National Conference on State Historic Preservation Officers for Compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. I’ve also been writing some completion reports that have to be done when projects are completed. So, tons of paperwork… but it’s not that bad.
Now, fun stuff… the center is rehabilitating an old dude ranch to use as their training center in the future and right now they are in the process of stabilizing the main cabin, Hammond Cabin. Today, Lauren, the other intern from last year, and I stripped a log that was then installed at the base of the wall where the previous one had deteriorated too much to be saved. Very cool, but my back’s going to kill me tomorrow. I did the whole left hand side of the log!
Anyway, miss you all… This weekend is potluck night at Sky and I’m making gumbo. Should be about twenty of us sitting around drinking beer, listening to people play music and watching the elk graze….
Sunday, May 24, 2009
So, my internet is extremely limited.... right now, though I'm sitting down at Dornan's, the local waterhole in Moose, and using their free internet. And no bears yet, but I did go out with my roommate Anna (who is awesome) who works in the GIS department (also awesome, I want to volunteer with them to learn GIS) and we saw bear prints. (The third photo is also of bison that we saw that day while out taking GIS coordinates.