This is another post about my time in the Gila this summer. For several weeks, we were in the Indian Peaks East and West quads (all my mapping area). Here are some pictures from that time.
This is bear poop. I thought it would be fun to start out with a picture of that. Don't you agree?
I think I was on top of a mini rhyolite volcano when I took this picture. I don't know. It looks cool.
This was our portable home away from home. There are a few items in this picture I would like to point out.
1. The tarp. Especially fun to put up when it was windy. And it always took forever for us to decide what trees to tie it to. Honestly I didn't really help too much with the tarp putting up, because it involved climbing trees, and the other girls were skinnier than me and had smaller boobs and therefore were better at it.
2. The table. We got it at the end of last year and used it for one week and thought we lost the canvas bag that it came in. One person was actually convinced that a bear stole it. Then, sometime this summer, I was cleaning out the tool box in the truck and found it. Go me.
3. The stove. This thing. was. awesome. It was easy to set up, easy to use, and it worked great. It boiled water really fast and it used propane instead of the gas that Coleman makes you buy for their stoves. I had so many issues with those stoves last year, it was nice to have something that worked well this year.
One of my sites for this year's field review was in Indian Peaks West. The soil was shallow, which was nice. I also didn't have to dig it, which was even nicer. I described the whole thing by myself, though, and was very proud of it, regardless of how I did on the review. The soil was a Lithic Haplustalf, if you know or care what that means.
I also took pictures of the whole site. We're supposed to take pictures of all our sites and put them in the database. I forgot to bring the work camera, so I used my phone instead. I actually used my phone as my camera the entire field season, and it worked out pretty well.
This was my favorite view from the site. I was up on a hummock looking toward the south of the plot.
And thus ends my little hodge-podge tour of Indian Peaks.