Aug. 18, 2023
This week has been a little unbelievable. Each day felt like a whole week by itself and that wasn’t a good thing. Unfortunately, I had bad luck until Thursday.
On Monday I started the day with Lys. I got the opportunity to go back and go over a stand Kathy and I cruised last week. I always appreciate an opportunity to see what I need to work on, so it was very nice to be able to get immediate feedback from Lys. After that, I got dropped off with Kathy and Sabrina to work on some stream surveys. By the time I got there, they had marked nine tributaries and still had quite a bit of stream to follow. The stand was extremely humid and both Sabrina and I ended up with our feet stuck ankle to knee high in mud.
Tuesday was the worst day. Pretty much everything that could go wrong, went wrong. The day began with Sabrina and I heading out to finish up the stand from Monday. On our way there, we realized the truck was having some issues and, after calling Lys and Stephen, we returned to the office to swap for a different one. Once we finally got to our first stand, we met up with Kathy. The stand ended up having 12 tributary’s and we didn’t get finished until 11:30 a.m.
Our next stand ended up not having any water in it, so we were able to just do a quick check and get moving to our final stand of the day. After a poor choice on which road to take, and some poor choices in
general, we ended up getting our truck stuck. We had no signal, so we had to walk 45 minutes until Kathy was finally able to get Lys on the phone. I regret a lot of the decisions I made on that day and, if I went back, I would do multiple things differently. I will definitely be thinking and doing things differently going forward.
Wednesday was the beginning of the end of my bad luck. We switched up partners today and I went out with Joe. We got two stands done. We’re almost done with all of the surveys near the office so we are going to have to drive a bit farther to get to them. We got back early today because of the heat and we were able to help Stephen with a couple small projects. Joe and I got to start cleaning off the top of the greenhouse.
Thursday was a very good day; the stands were great and we were able to get through two again. We went out to Norton Hill and ended up having some pretty enjoyable streams. The fish streams were super close, and we only had one tributary all day. I hope we have some more of these kinds of streams as we progress through the list.
I’m very excited that this nightmare of a week is ending. We’ve made some good progress on the streams and have gotten about half of them done. Hopefully, we finish the week strong and make some progress on the list next week.
– Caroline Puckett