The Dwarf Pirate – Tales of the Finger

So, you’re wondering what I did. What happened that I needed five stitches on my index finger. Well let me tell you.

It was raining. Raining a lot. Completely bizarre for Wyoming at this time of year – for any time of year, really. There was water everywhere. Great ponds where only caked dust lay for years.

I noted upon one of these unusual bodies of water (as I drove past on my way to an incredible fossil locality) what appeared to be a sailing vessel. Continue reading

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Tales of the Finger, Introduction

One of the “highlights” of my field season this year was when I had a wee accident and wound up with 5 stitches on the index finger of my right hand.

In truth, this put a damper on the whole season, but I plunged ahead anyway, eager to meet my commitments and finish what I started. Life doesn’t stop just because something stupid happens. Continue reading

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Field work travelog – Day 32, Made it

Tuesday afternoon, I finally pulled the truck back into my own driveway.

I was so exhausted that I only managed to grab the few necessities out of the truck, have dinner, and go to bed.

The next day, I came down with a cold. I nasty one.

Which is why I’m only now writing this.

What’s important?

I’m home.

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Field work travelog – Day 31, Just one more day

Today we drove from Des Moines, IA to Middlebury, IN. Now we have a little less than 500 miles to go to get home.

For a fleeting moment, I had considered trying the all-nighter drive, but, you know, I’M TIRED.

It’s interesting to be back in the world of humidity.

It’s fun to explain to people why our truck is so muddy.

Just one more day, Truckie!

Just one more day, Truckie!

It’s a relief to know that it seems that the truck is going to make it, despite the severe oil leak.

I’m going to be so glad to sleep in my own bed tomorrow night.

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Field work travelog – Day 30, Home is near

Today we drove from Cheyenne, WY to Des Moines, IA to spend the night with my colleague and friend, Julie Meachen (who also happens to be the lead investigator on the Natural Trap Cave project). It was a long drive (600+ miles), but well worth it.

We’ll all get a good night’s sleep tonight. Continue reading

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Field work travelog – Day 29, On the road again

That’s it. It’s done. We broke down most of camp last night, and began the journey back to home this morning. Continue reading

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Field work travelog – Day 28, wrapping up

We finished where we started. Today, my team and I measured section.
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Field work travelog – Day 27, Deluge

It rained.

It rained hard.

It flooded.

Still got some science done: jackets made, samples collected.

All good.

Photos forthcoming.

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Field work travelog – Day 26, Plaster jackets

When last we were in the field, we had noted three fossils that needed plaster jackets. Today was the day to jacket them.
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Field work travelog – Day 25, Of dinosaurs and leaks.

Today was our official ‘day off.’ So we did the only thing we could do: Visit Dinosaur National Monument. Continue reading

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