Field work cometh

In one week I begin the long trek across the country, from my home in western New York State, to Laramie, WY (and then to Vernal, UT), for three weeks of field work.

It’s been two years since I’ve been to my old stomping grounds in Wyoming. I’ve never been to the field site in Utah. There will be a lot to see.

Yesterday, I pulled out my field gear, most of which has been in storage these last two years. Luckily, it’s all in good order. I almost went out last summer, but had to cancel the trip literally the day I was to leave. The gear had been packed and loaded into the truck. Most of it hadn’t been touched in the last year, so no extra work was needed.

The only substantive difference is that there seem to be some swords in the mix. Yes, the last year has brought a lot of change for me. I’ll be practicing while I’m out there. It’s an interesting camping situation in Wyoming. See, the wind never stops blowing. That’s one thing I always hated about Wyoming.


Luckily, I’m prepared. Mostly.

This blog will be updated daily with a few field photos. Things I can manage from my phone and publish with the WordPress app. Hopefully, that will work out. So, in a week, start looking for photos here.

Friday headlines will likely be on hiatus, aside from highlighting to cool things I’ve found. I hope to write and schedule the various Stink Bug Saturday posts in advance, so you all can continue to enjoy those.

Wish me luck!

3 thoughts on “Field work cometh

  1. I’d say “good luck,” but luck favors the prepared. It sounds like you’re prepared.

    Have you considered tying your tent ropes to big rocks rather than relying on stakes? My impression is the soil out that way won’t hold a stake very well because it’s too dry and hard.

  2. Alas, there aren’t many big rocks. Usually, long stakes, rocks on the stakes, long guy-lines and more rocked stakes and a fair amound of good fortune are what’s required. Then maybe the tent won’t blow over with you and your equipment in it. Maybe.

  3. When I was a Boy Scout we learned about deadman anchors. Instead of using a stake you’d use a stick (or two tied together in an X shape if the soil is very loose) with the tent guy tied to it buried in the ground. They’re used mostly in snow or sand that won’t hold a regular stake. If you search for “tent deadman” you’ll find lots of examples.

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