01.11.2010 - 08.11.2010
Sorry I was late on this update, but believe me, you did not want my anger to come across on this blog.
This week at work we did invasive species removal at a Preservation Park near Palm Springs, California. One would think that that sounds like a fantastic time, spending a week camping outside of Palm spring and doing some awesome conservation work...well one would be completely wrong. We (my crew of 10, and 3 other crews of 10 all from NCC) were to remove (pull the small ones and cut and spray the larger ones) the Tamarisk from within the preserve. Tamarisk are an invasive species to this area and are hurting the ecology of this area because they use up hundreds of gallons of water every day. This is a pretty big problem, especially in an area that is so dry. (By the way, I found out all of this from my own research, not from the time where I was actually working) I think if I actually knew what I was doing while I was doing it and there was a little more organization it could have been a pretty decent hitch, however....it was not. The 8 days out in the field were pretty brutal, especially with no reception. I got a little homesick and it made it hard to call home and be comforted...yes yes I actually was a little homesick (Can't wait for turkey!).
By the end of the hitch I was definitely ready to be home and have a nice cold Sierra Nevada Nothern Hempisphere Harvest Beer (my new favorite). When I finally got home, my roommates and I just crashed on our couch (of course after taking a shower, because well we hadn't taken a shower for 8 days) drank some beer and watched a movie so terrible it was fantastic. I highly recommend everyone watching a movie called 'The Room' and playing drinking to it. Thats exactly what we did, and then we all pasted out by midnight because well...we were exhausted. This week seems to be shaping up to be a lot better!