Friday, June 29, 2007
It is really nice to be working again in the sites I spent so much time setting up. Things are much less stressful now. My only problem now is that I really miss Tim. I am hoping he will be able to come visit in a couple weeks.
Here is a picture of Anna and a HUGE fern. There are a lot of tree ferns here so I am use to tall ferns, but check out the girth of the rachis of the fron in Anna's hand.
Friday, June 22, 2007
By Grayson Schaffer
Yesterday, John Grace and Tommy Hilleke became the first people to run California's Middle Kings River in one day. Their time to hike 11 miles over the 12,000-foot pass and then run 30 miles and 6,400 vertical feet of Class V water: 19 hours 53 minutes. We're impressed. Given that the Kings is in the same part of the world as Yosemite, one can't help but draw the comparison between this descent and freeing El Cap in a day.
It really is like climbing El Cap free in a day. I've paddled this section before as I'm sure Mom and my sis, Kimberly will remember due to the fact that I wasn't able to pick them up from the airport because of an extended trip on this section of river. For those that don't know this section of river is considered by most to be the most difficult and sustained bit of river in California. It takes most of the few parties that have done it about 5 days including the full day of hiking. I can't wait until I get back home to Cali next year. It's on! Anyone keen?
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The sad news is that Lora and I haven't had the longest time together with her just getting home on Saturday from her last field site here in Tas. I was hoping to go up to Sydney for the weekend but school for me is hectic. I finished one course completely and have two others really close to be done. The last one just involves me writing up my methodology for my research project. I have a lot of it written up for my ethics application but need to take all the little bits and throw them together into a coherent single piece of writing. All that by the end of the month.
Lastly, our landlords came by today for a 6-month inspection of our place. Landlords have more rights here in Oz than tenants do. So of course we had to really do a "spring cleaning" of the place before they came over. It was the last thing we really needed to be doing with our precious time together. Nothing brings a couple together though like scrubbing a toilet bowl. They basically walked through the place and told us how we should be living in our place. They did not like the power cords and network cables for our computers. Pev said that fires start from computers and I about lost it as I calmly tried to explain that was bullshit! So I guess the electrician will be coming over to see if we are drawing to much power and causing a fire hazard. YEAH!
Hey Jim, I went and played nine holes of golf the other day. It was great. I still suck but we had the course to ourselves and the green fees were only 10 bucks!
Well I guess I'll sign off for now. Stay tuned for the next blog entry... Killer Bunnies!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
The good news is that I was offered a teaching job here at the
The bad news is that it starts in three weeks and conflicts with my original plans of coming back to
As always I wish you all the best and both Lora and I really miss you all. I can't tell you how many times a day I think of at least one of you. Keep in touch with us. We'll be back before you know it. It's already going on 10 months.