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|05-16-2011, 06:00 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Tempe, AZ
Blog Entries: 9
Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
Out of the big ditch once again
Since some folks enjoy seeing some of my work pics, I thought I'd post some.
For those who don't know, I work in the Grand Canyon monitoring endangered fish. We do a population estimate in the Fall & Spring on the Little Colorado River, a major tributary to the Colorado River, surveying approximately 14 Km of river above the confluence. Mine is the middle of 3 camps that are staffed with 3 people each. A helicopter drops us and our gear, food, etc. off and picks us up 11 days later. It is just over 3000' vertical from where we park and where we camp.
We saw another rattlesnake one night just outside of camp. I was walking while looking at the stars when it warned me that I was too close. No harm, no foul -- and no pics.
We caught a pile of fish -- about 250 per day. My back is still sore from leaning over a bucket working them up.
We saw some cat tracks -- a fairly large adult mountain lion. Pic included. My crew was kind enough to get some pics of me working. I also included one shot of the river.
I love it there and can't wait to get back the end of the month for another trip.
taking life as it comes and trying to make the best of it
|05-16-2011, 06:26 PM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
Thanked 18 Times in 18 Posts
So how do I get a job like that? Or is it "fun"? The water color is breathtaking!!
"Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital
|05-16-2011, 06:32 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: MA USA
Thanked 22 Times in 20 Posts
Thanks for sharing your fantastic job/hobby with us. We learn so much form this site besides woodworking. I hate snakes so you won't have to worry bout me looking for your job.
WD aka: Gloria
" Two difficult things to say in life are Hello for the first time and Goodby for the last"
|05-16-2011, 07:31 PM||#5|
Rock 'n Scroller
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Yorkshire, England
Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts
Thanks Jim. I always look forward to your posts when you have been in the Canyon, it is a breathtaking place.
Don't worry if people are talking behind your back. - It simply means you are two steps ahead of them
|05-16-2011, 09:22 PM||#7|
100% toilet trained!
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pachuca, Mexico
Thanked 53 Times in 46 Posts
Hi Jim - I also look forward to your photos even though it sickens the envious side of me to hear about your 'job'! With the temperatures we are having south of the border at the moment, being waste deep in that water just looks too inviting pal.
Btw - The river photo would be a good candidate for cutting as a puzzle. A beautiful shot!
Jim in Mexico
Dozing off? - nah, I'm creatively thinking with my eyes closed!
|05-16-2011, 09:26 PM||#8|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Welcome home and thanks for the great pictures! Just how cold is that water you get to work in? Brrrrrr
Nancy in AZ
A clean house is a sign of a broken scroll saw!
|05-16-2011, 11:21 PM||#9|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Central Florida
Thanked 59 Times in 58 Posts
I can see why you love your job Jim. Thanks for sharing the pics.
In God we trust, all others must pay cash!
I don't want no bargains, they always cost me more money.
|05-17-2011, 12:37 AM||#10|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Central Nebraska
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
I love it when you share your adventure pictures Jim!! I'm with Betty, the water is such a beautiful blue! Thanks for sharing!
Cathy in NE
"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Anonymous
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