Wednesday, March 29, 2006
So, part 1 of the operation includes taking the sensors off the tower. The second part is just as lame. There's a little battery about as thick as 4 or 5 watch batteries all stacked together in the bottom of the radiometers protected by a water tight lid held in place by 6 teeny screws. So, after you pull the lid off (which is on the bottom of the radiometer so the whole thing has to come off the tower) you've got to keep track of these little screws while changing the battery. The battery's about as hazardous as you'll find anywhere, a lead-mercury number. Anway, the battery usually give me trouble when I try to pull it off because it's embedded deep in the radiometer casing. So, as I'm telling Brian how hard they are to pull out he gets his out easily. I continue on complaining just as my battery launches in a nice shot straight up into the air, a nice parabola up and down. You pretty much know the rest. It gets buried in a snow bank and we spend a forever digging through the snow. Nice day to be out though.
The other task for the day was grabbing some water samples at this period of low flow from the creeks. They'd been told to expect artesian water (under so much pressure that water goes up above the ice surface) however that was hardly the case. The water was way at the bottom of the hole so with no pump to get the water we rigged this classic deal out of rebar and duct tape:
Monday, March 27, 2006
Thanks for enquiring about Segway rentals. Unfortunately, I'm not able to offer these types of rentals at the moment. You are, of course, welcome to come down to Anchorage and try a Segway out... I usually have a Segway XT and a Segway i180 available for demos. If I can answer any questions concerning Segway use, please feel free to ask.
So, sadly, this won't be me:
Friday, March 24, 2006
The administrative stuff:
Finally, the ordinating part:
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
* 1 Long Coffee Table
* 1 Hydabed
* 2 glass topped end tables
* 1 piano
* 1 picnic table & chairs
* 1 rocking chair
* ... and a work belt
Despite being barged & trucked from Moses Lake they made all the right connections in Seattle and Whittier and so the whole deal took just over a week to get up here. Not your grandpa's barge speed. Well, John Johnson worked the phone and had the stuff dropped at his house, a half mile from mine. So that created the problem of how to get it to my place. I remembered I had an old school dog sled and so I rode the sled behind his truck and we pulled everything to my place:
Talk about a kick in the pants. Pretty fun moseying down the street with a 10 foot sled full of stuff. Got some waves from the neighbors and weirded out a few other cars. Here's the aftermath:
So, that was pretty fun. My square footage is 320 sqaure feet downstairs and about 160 upstairs. I got everything in but the rocking chair (the picnic table chills outside) and an old coffee table of mine standing on its side upstairs now. How cool is that. Here's all patched up and put together:
... the post script... despite all that stuff 16 people managed to squeeze into the downstairs there a couple weeks ago for a going away party for Sunit. Crazy.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Being the world champion dork that I am we came across these trees across the river and decided to see if I could fall in crossing them (that really was the whole reason for stopping). So, Rob heckled and Mary Ellen worked the camera to catch the exact moment I dropped into the river.
Bummer for them, I made it across. Oh well. I'd have to wait till later to find out how cold the water was. The air was in the low teens. A family freaked out to see me out there in just a t-shirt. I was wearing my regular hiking boots and was skating all over. It was just like when I tried walking to work wearing the Rex Kwondo Halloween costume and spent the whole way just trying to stay on my feet. The hard rubber in the soles was killer on the ice. I ate it a bunch of times on the way back down the trail. Anyway, here I am coming back from the other side:
So, it was a pretty fun hike despite the cold. Eventually we made it. Treated Mary Ellen to some good food (reces easter eggs, and a couple cans of pringles for lunch). Then pretty much started falling through the ice all over. Rob almost fell in after walking out onto this big pool covered in ice. The whole thing caved in with a big whump and we all laughed pretty hard. Then I soaked a foot coming back from the other side of that spot. Dumped the camera in the snow, too. So that was the end of that lens for the day. But, we were finally at the falls which were pretty cool. I've been dying to see what they looked like frozen since a trip from a few years back.
So, Mary Ellen wanted to head back but Rob and I had some more stupid stuff to take care of. I wanted to get a bit closer but thought the ice was thin (since I had a wet foot and Rob and busted through pretty good even though he didn't get wet). Here's Rob going across this other pool to put my gloves on the other side so I'd fall in while retrieving them...
Well, it didn't work but trying to get one last portrait picture of me and the falls I totally fell into water up over my knee trying to get up on that log on the left side of that picture. Mary Ellen was to far away to hear the splash but she knew there'd been an accident from all the laughing coming from down on the ice. Pretty fun trip though. I want to get back up here in the summer and maybe get up behind the water falls again like Adam and I did a few years back...
Well, more pictures of the ordination etc. tomorrow I gots to get the dogs fed and to bed...
Mary Ellen and I stayed with Ralph and Jill Johnson which was awesome. Friday Ralph and I went on the tour of Sitka to see what'd changed. Got the whole talking tour and everything. Here he is explaining how ice works since the weather was so freezing cold (they hit 2 above a few days before). Cracked me up:
Hiking the Indian River trail we came across some needle ice. Not really all that cool but my boss the soil scientist had never seen this kind of ground ice before since it's not found much up in the interior and stuff. So, I grabbed a few pictures for him: