Monday, March 4, 2013

The Shire

Today was our first day at one of the other sites, El Garrapatero. It takes about 50 minutes to drive there, and then we have to open the nets by 6am to maximize the time we can sample before it gets too hot. So, this means waking up at 4.30am when it is still dark and stumbling into the truck to head to our field site. The nice thing is, everyone sleeps on the drive since we take a hire a taxi for the transportation.

Critters in the field

Many years ago, Jeff and Andrew decided this site was like Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings. I am assuming this is before Peter Jackson’s trilogy came out because this site looks nothing like New Zealand. However, it’s still a beautiful site, and different parts of the site have been christened (in order of difficulty getting to and working in) the Shire, Rohan, Amon Sul (Weathertop), and Mordor. Like the hobbits, we started in the Shire for our first day. Unlike the hobbits, we wore our boots and did not take many hours for breakfast.

Cactus flowers

I can understand why we stop at 10.15am. It gets so hot!!

 More critters

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