Field work travelog – Day 12, the Paleocene-Eocene boundary

Today has been a delightful day. Much learning was had. Our crew now includes expertise in paleobotany and stratigraphy, so we walked all around the rocks that bracket the Paleocene-Eocene boundary. Continue reading

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Field work travelog – Day 11, we’re back

After a night in Laramie for showers and resupply, we’re back in the field.

This time the team has added five new members.

Only craziness can result.

Stay tuned!

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Field work travelog – Day 10, Regrouping and highlights

We’re back in Laramie for the night after a difficult four-day stint in the field. Tomorrow we re-supply and head back out for the next step in the adventure.

Here are some highlights so far: Continue reading

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Field work travelog – Day 9, So much measuring

It was a hot one today. Running out of water was a theme, not one I like to have. Ever.

But we survived and successfully completed the needed tasks. Continue reading

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Field work travelog – Day 8, More section and hobby indulgence.

Today was a very productive day for us. We measured 213 meters of section, all the while collecting rock samples at 1.5 meter intervals.

End result: lots of rock samples. Continue reading

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Field work travelog – Day 7, Part 1 complete

A successful second full day in The Breaks.

We’ve completed one measured section (about 180 meters) and have one more similar-lengthed section to go. Continue reading

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Random Review – Mi Ranchito, Sidney, Nebraska

Sidney Nebraska is known for being the world headquarters for Cabela’s. There’s a massive store there that is frequented by geologists and students who find themselves within driving distance.

Over the many years that I’ve driven through there for various field excursions, I have almost always stopped for one reason or another. A few years ago, a restaurant opened that I quite enjoyed. I go to this restaurant every time I pass through. It’s called Mi Ranchito. Continue reading

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Field work travelog – Day 6, ammonites

A note: I’m having problems uploading images from my phones so posts may be photo-less.

Today we took a grand tour of the Hanna Basin field area, and got distracted by the Cretaceous.

We found a bunch of ammonites in rocks that I thought were Paleocene in age. Well ammonites went extinct prior to the Paleocene, so I was wrong.

We finally did start doing the work we came out to do, which involves measuring several hundred feet of section. We got through 70 meters today, in about two hours. We’re in good shape to complete the project in the time we have!

Woot!

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Field work travelog – Day 5, In the Hanna Basin

It was really rainy this morning. I was convinced that we wouldn’t make it into our camp in the Hanna Basin.

We plunged ahead anyway. Continue reading

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Random Review – Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, Milan, Illinois

We found ourselves craving Chinese food the second night of our unplanned stay in Milan, Illinois. We decided to check out Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, as we had passed it numerous times on our strolls.

I admit, at first I was unimpressed. We walked in and the place was empty. It seemed quite run-down, and it definitely smelled of mothballs.

We ordered the dinner for 3, since there were three of us.

At the first bite of the ‘sizzling’ soup, my attitude about the place changed.

The soup was delicious, and the main dishes were very flavorful and delightful.

While we were there, the restaurant filled up with locals. We guessed it was empty when we got there because we were still operating a time zone off. We were there fairly early. A great many people came in to get take-out as well.

If you enjoy Chinese food and find yourself stuck in Milan for some reason, do stop into Shanghai Restaurant. You won’t be disappointed!

Three thumbs up!

~Marth, Pathfinder, and the Prince of Denmark

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