Great, I really hate mud!
Bombay Beach Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
October 1st, 2009 – by: cneoridium
Creek monitoring involves walking across the creek to record the vegetation and water conditions. Easy enough, the creekbed's 30 meters across, but the water's only half a meter across now and a few centimeter deep now.
One little problem, the middle of the creek has the stickiest, nastiest adobe clay in the world.
Crawled back across the hot sticky mud to the shore, happy to be free again. I want to point out at this point that my coworker has been watching from the shore all this time, rolling on the ground with laughter - so much for the buddy system : ) Now it was a really long walk back to the truck, a kilometer in wet socks over the same hot soil that melted my first boots, like a spiky lava field the way the salt had come up and hardened into little peaks.
That was it, I gave up and we went home, defeated by the desert. I think it's the first time in 20 years of fieldwork that I've had to give up and abandon a project! Well, at least for now, next week I'll try to come up with a better plan, try it again....
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