More Setting the Scene: Looking for Fossils and Collecting Data in the Paleo “Candy Store”

In the Field 2014

 

Photo Jul 18, 2 10 23 PM oneFrom here we drop down over the ridge. This is the extreme part. Over the ridge is what I am guessing is an 120ish degree slope that is a mixture of gravel and rocks, sprinkled with boulders that, in this wet weather, is sticky and slippery and slide“ie”. It is mostly made up of what is called scree. I have to drop down over the ridge or I miss the action. I do not want to miss the action.

Once we get down the initial drop, we make our way across one section toward another lower ridge and into a second section.

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  From here we drop down over the ridge. This is the extreme part. Over the ridge is what I am guessing is an 120ish degree slope that is a mixture of gravel and rocks, sprinkled with boulders that, in this wet weather, is sticky and slippery and slide“ie”. It is mostly made up of…

More Setting the Scene: The Hiking

In the Field 2014

Crossing the run-off stream

Both last year and the first couple days this year, I described the hiking and the terrain – the rocks, the slope, the streams and how precarious things can be.  I even made a comment like “it is sometimes hard to find a foothold.” But I still just don’t think I have communicated it very well. It has even been challenging to capture it in the photos or videos.

Granted, I am far from a professional photographer, but as the virtual tour guide I want to do my best to help you experience this project along with us.

So, here goes…

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Posted from Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States.

Both last year and the first couple days this year, I described the hiking and the terrain – the rocks, the slope, the streams and how precarious things can be.  I even made a comment like “it is sometimes hard to find a foothold.” But I still just don’t think I have communicated it very…

More Setting the Scene: The Weather

In the Field 2014

Other than the beautiful day the helicopter took Tony and the team to the remote camp, the weather so far has not been like the weather the day we arrived or even close to the way it was last year.  Since last Monday, it has been mostly cloudy, raining and chilly and a few times downright cold.  And yes, even some snow. The rain that I am talking about is not the kind of rain storm we get in Dallas with thunder and lightning and rain that starts fast, comes down hard and then passes through, but heavy grey clouds with consistent rain that varies from a light drizzle to a steady downpour and includes some rolling fog.

Perot Museum In the Field – Day 3 update from Tony from Perot Museum on Vimeo.

Tony and Yoshi introduce day 3 and give a shout out to Yuong who is in Korea and was unable to attend this year’s In the Field project. We miss you on this trip Yuong!

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Posted from Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States.

Other than the beautiful day the helicopter took Tony and the team to the remote camp, the weather so far has not been like the weather the day we arrived or even close to the way it was last year.  Since last Monday, it has been mostly cloudy, raining and chilly and a few times…

More Setting the Scene: A Different Experience

In the Field 2014

Beautiful weather – Mt. McKinley in clear sight!

Beautiful weather – Mt. McKinley in clear sight!

The In the Field project this year has been very different from the experience I had last year. What do I mean by that? I will try to explain.

Very naively a few days ago on this very blog, I noted that several people had mentioned to us before we came, that this summer has so far been rainier and cooler than last summer. And to that, I noted, ‘wow, I would not have believed that, since the day we arrived it was bright and sunny and about 70 degrees

Fahrenheit…very much like (although maybe a few degrees cooler) almost the ENTIRE visit last year. I admit that while we were here last year several people told us the 2013 summer was unusually “hot” and “dry”.
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Posted from Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States.

The In the Field project this year has been very different from the experience I had last year. What do I mean by that? I will try to explain. Very naively a few days ago on this very blog, I noted that several people had mentioned to us before we came, that this summer has…