Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Shocking Begins!

Taking photos of our sites after we have shocked them for next years sampling.

A wood river scuplin!

This past weekend fellow bunkhousers and I experienced life outside of work in Fairfield. On Friday we went to the local bar for some great live bluegrass/rock music, which proved to be a blast! Saturday we helped out a fellow forest service worker plant 200 juniper trees for a Wind/Snow block. He and his wife payed us with a elk and moose barbeque, beer, and bonfire! The photo above is the view from his back porch... something I could definitely get used to!

This next week we will be traveling down to Northern Utah to sample yellowstone trout, we will be camping out overnight from Monday to Tuesday. Then we will be back in our district to hopefully sample because the streams have finally gone down after all our rain we have had! Then Thursday evening Andrew flies into Boise for the weekend! Yahoo!

Hope all is well back home, Love you all!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ohh The Forest Service

So sidenote: I can't get the slideshow feature to the pictures are a little delayed.

So my first few weeks in Idaho have been... interesting. The sight of a woman in the Forest Service, working on Fish Crew has been a surprise to a few good ol' boys out here, I think. Overall, people are nice, the town is small, and money is short, so there is little to do. I have gone up to the hot springs in the mountains with a few fellow bunkhouse dwellers, which was gorgeous and really fun... sitting nestled in the mountains in nature's hot tub…beautiful! My two fellow crew members Dan, Desmond and I went up to the nearby (1.5 hrs away!) town of Ketchum one evening for thrifting, and I fell in love with that city. It is a gorgeous ski/mountain bike town with log cabins, coffee shops, gear shops, fly fishing shops, and friendly people, and a house with skis as a fence! So Ketchum seems to be the place to visit when we don't have to work.

Work is slow. It has rained everyday save two that I have been here, so the rivers are all blown. It is unsafe to electroshock (send electricity through the water to temporarily paralyze fish so we can make a population estimate) and unsafe to wade... so no fish! We have gone through training for First Aid, defensive driving, and dealing with the public.... what a first week. We were also informed by the Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer to look out for Mexican's hiding out where "they shouldn't be." What does that even mean?!? The mentality out here is a little different than I’m used to, so that is something to deal with.