Wednesday, June 29, 2011

a day in my “office”

background information:
I work as a hydrology technician during the summer months for the forest service in the wondefulr bighorn mountains in north central wyoming.
some of you may ask “wtf do you do?”
well short answer…aquatics/fish/stream work.

now let me put you in my “office.”


yup, I’m pretty dang lucky.

what’s a day in the life of a hydro tech like?


you have to become “un-girlie.” (un-girlie in a good way!)
un-girlie=hat, ponytail, jeans, tshirt, daypack. hiking boots (although I was in tennys this day).
I was pretty excited to get out there. our first day in the field.


next, you save the forest by moving baby trees from one semi to another.
need a baby conifer tree?


then you move on to riparian habitat and save the willows.
a little bit of background:
the fisheries biologist planted these willows last spring in hopes of stabilizing the banks. these banks just get hammered in the summer due to grazing of livestock. and the banks get so much energy from the spring runoff that it just cuts the banks like crazy. so this is what were trying.



check out water levels on other rivers in the forest.
still flowing REALLY high!


more water.
hydro tech…this is what I do!


this little river has turned into a lake.
hello mosquitos!

with the high water levels, unfortunately we are still left out of the water until it goes down in order for us to safely conduct our stream surveys. in the mean time…we drive around and look at the flooding….

…..and get yelled at by forest service volunteers. oh, excuse me, we get paid by the forest service…you’re a volunteer, why are you yelling at us….for something absolutely stupid!
but that’s another story for a different day.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

rain+tall grass=wet puppy

Hubby surprised me tonight by suggesting a walk before he headed off to work for the night.

We took the young pup to get some exercise.


it had to be a quick walk because Hubby had to get back home and suited up for work.


Hubby plays this “I’m scared of you” game with Twogee Bear…she just chases him around, sometimes barks at him.


with all the recent rains we’ve had, everything is so green!


the grass was so tall. little Twogee Bear could barely be seen. I promise you she’s in the above pictures. Winking smile


you can kind of see her running amuck in the above pictures. dorky dog.

it rained some more this afternoon and when you’re a puppy romping in grass that is wet and is taller than you, you come out looking like this…


she was soaked. like “we might as well took her to the river” soaked.

we got home and Hubby quickly dressed for work!


“dad, can I go with you? I want to be a cop dog!”

a walk in the park

I woke up early saturday morning to get my long run in before it got too hot.

Hubby again offered to ride his bike along side me.
we headed out the door about 10.


it was a little chilly.
and when I turned my garmin on…the stupid thing told me the batteries were low. so low that I couldn’t get it to find the satellites.

so we went back inside and let it charged for 40 minutes.
it was much happier.

we our kitty sitting for a friend that is out of town so I just decided to run to their house and home. I had 7 miles planned, but I wasn’t sure I was going to hit that distance.


it was still super toasty! I took the shirt off shortly after 2 miles. I was a sweaty mess.
when we hit our friends house the garmin registered 2.97 miles. welp…close enough.

we headed home and I made 6.16 miles in just over 52 minutes. I’ll take it, considering I was suppose to do 7 at and 8:40 minute/mile pace.

I figured it was time in incorporate more ice baths. they are a little more fun during the summer months than winter months. but I’m thinking I’m going to borrow Jess’s idea and fill up a kiddie pool with hose water and sit in the back yard!


I forgot how the painful the first minute really was. now I remember.

and of course there was this girl after my ice!


after a quick shower post ice bath Hubby and I took the pup for a walk to the park for lunch and ice cream (not ice cream FOR lunch…don’t worry Mom!).

Twogs has really turned out to be a pretty great puppy. we’ve got her to the point that we don’t have to walk her on a leash. we only put it on her when we’re in high traffic areas like the park, but even then its just for show so people don’t bitch.

“come on dad! give me your ice cream!”


it was a pretty perfect day to be outside!

after we got home, Twogs and I had a little snuggle session.