My first week in the field was a blast!! I learned a lot: how NOT to dig a hole, how to kill a nest of ground wasps, how to survive with a broken AC, how out of shape I really am, and many other things. We spent the week driving around Kentucky, digging holes, and mixing concrete, but let me assure you it was more fun than it probably sounds. My favorite part of the fieldwork was getting to talk to the locals. Most of them were very friendly and interesting to talk to, and even the not so friendly ones made things interesting. It was also nice to get a break from the computer work in general and do something a bit different for a few days. This week has convinced me that whatever I end up doing in grad school, I definitely want a field component.
This pretty much sums it up.
Although it was an overall enjoyable week, parts of it also were stressful. I was able to see firsthand just how difficult it can be to coordinate a field project. It seems as though things go wrong and plans change more often than not making communication between the teams very important (and it doesn’t help when there is terrible cell phone reception). Next week, we will begin the more interesting work of actually installing the sensors. It should be similar to the installation what we did in Socorro during orientation week with the additional task of building a fence around the stations that are located in horse/cow pastures. I’m definitely hoping for another positive field experience next week and keeping my fingers crossed for cool weather and no rain!
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