Friday, May 30, 2008

Woodsy Recap

I got back late last night from another trip out of town, too tired and hungry and covered with bug slime to do much but eat dinner and shower and collapse. I probably hiked 10 miles or more yesterday, and delineated eight wetlands, taking turns carrying the backpack GPS unit, then rode an hour and a half back to the park and ride lot where I'd left my car. A solid 13-hour day, which might sound bad, but it's not really. Thirteen hours in the office would slay me, but fieldwork? It's a lot like getting paid to hike.

One particularly rewarding thing about the last few weeks is that I've been returning to the same general area, watching the phenology progress. The buds I saw last week on the blue bead-lily, Canada mayflower, and sarsaparilla have burst, and they are flowering for the first time this week. The leaves on the ephemerals, such as trout lily and squirrel corn, are turning yellow and beginning to wither. June is nearly upon us... if I hadn't just listed the evidence, I might not believe it. Time is really flying lately.

5 comments:

Debbie in NC said...

How wonderful to finally have a job you love! I'm still looking :)

It seems we had 3 weeks of Spring and today it's going to be almost 90 in NC. Why can't Spring last longer than Summer? :(

A 10 mile hike? Oh my...get some well deserved rest!

Nadine said...

What an adventure! And you get to do it regularly...

BlackenedBoy said...

That kind of tiredness is always rewarding, though. You feel good to be exhausted, euphoric to plunge into the covers, and exhilirated when you wake up the next morning.

Momma Val said...

Wow! What a cool job you have. What exactly do you do? I would love to hike around all day like that . . . . minus the note taking though.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

You're doing good and important work. Thanks for sharing.

But the bad news is, time goes faster and faster the older you get. It also goes faster when yr busy.

When you're a child, a month is a really long time--a LARGE percentage of your life so far. The older you get, the smaller percentage it is of your overall life.