Saturday, November 30, 2013
Everything from igneous intrusives, to metamorphics, to sedimentary structures. All in one area!
Mineralogy that has all of those pretty (and bad for the environment) sulfides to komatolites, which you don't find much of anywhere else (at least on the surface)....
So, who wants to go adventuring?
I am not just selling all of my extemporaneous stuff as a grand rummage sale of vanity, I do have some semblance of a plan.
If all goes well, there will be updates, I am going to be graduating at the end of next summer from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a BS in Geology. One of the aspects of this degree is that if I want to find a job I would have to go someplace else.
I have been looking around and there are lots of positions available, some of them do make for a seriously mobile lifestyle though. I have sen some where it is fly-in jobs so that you are at work for a week or two, and then off for a week or two. If I end up doing something like that the whole "having a need for a house" thing goes right out the window. It would be far easier to have everything in my life condensed down to what will fit in the back of a truck, and what will fit in a pop-up camper or something to that effect.
I still have not determined if my current truck would be able to safely tow a pop-up camper, but those things are not that heavy, and a little modification of the trailer hitch setup (basically make a frame-mount class-3 hitch) would be a doable solution.
I just researched it and the Starcraft pop-up camper weighs in at 900 pounds, Wheezy the Wonder Truck (1994 Ford Stranger, old mine truck, no options, 70K miles) should be able to pull about 1500 without any issues.
But back to the plan.
Next summer I have to attend field camp in Park City, Utah. There will be a lot of pictures and a lot of blogs written when I have time free from my studies. After this is done since I will already be in Utah I was going to take some time to explore the Western United States, just myself, Wheezy the Wonder Truck, my camera, and a rock hammer.
After I make it back to Duluth I plan to have already lined up an internship or maybe even a job, but that is going to involve moving. Hopefully slightly south of my current location so that it will be slightly warmer when I get there.
Even if I do end up going North and having to get a more substantial domicile I still do not want to have 10 loads of belongings to move with me. I would much rather go for one load and gone.
This also makes it so that if I get on with a company with locations in other countries I could transfer to someplace far, far away without having to worry about what I am going to do with all of my stuff. Since I will have already trimmed my belongings to what would essentially fit in the bed of a Ford Ranger, knocking that down to what will fit in my luggage would not be that hard.
But that is the plan, I am going to try to get my butt as far out from where I am now as is reasonable. I want to do this in a manner that makes sense, and is responsible (no dumping of crap because I didn't have time to find someone who wanted it).
Here is a picture of me, doing what I do.... Just so you know I was standing in waders in a river measuring water depth across a cross section to estimate sediment flow during a 500 year flood event. There will be a blog of the results coming soon.
There is a ton of stuff in there, not all of it is worth a hell of a lot, but some of it is. And all told there are a few bucks when I put it all together. Then end result is that I have decided that having stuff is kind of like swimming with an anchor. You have to let go if you want to be free, all of this stuff is one of the things that holds me down and keeps me from being able to just leave if I want to. I don't want to move all of this stuff again, and as a result, I am going to try to get rid of all of it. There will be a lot of stuff being sold via here, craigslist, ebay, whatnot in the next few months.... I will post links to the auctions soon, and I will be posting a link to this blog along with the ebay auctions. I am cleaning out my life. I am getting rid of all of the excess weight. There is going to be a ton of stuff going up for sale, keep an eye out... Coming soon....
A singing Catfish that sings "Bad to the Bone" and makes funny statements, never out of the box.
Vintage Muppets Gonzo plush, 19" tall!
Model kit for a sloop, all there, bags of little metal parts have not been opened.
Facts in five! An awesome party game?
Brand new in box headphones Hesh 2.0, I personally think that wearing these marks you as a douchebag, but there is no accounting for taste.
I just listed the first blast of coins on EBAY, just to get a start...
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The first blast of cold weather is always the worst, the body takes time to acclimate to the changing if tge seasons, and time is the one thing that has not, as of yet, been given.
I do not want to go into hibernation yet, there are still a lot of things I want to accomplish before winter hits full on. I am still fighting with a firewood shortage out at the ranch, and there is a comet diving towards the sun that really needs me to take some pictures of it.
This of course involves me getting up and moving at about four in the morning, making some really hit coffee, and I should just have the whole camera/tripod/remote setup ready to rock so I don't miss the shot trying to get packed.
Of course at the moment instead of getting all of my ducks in orderly lines I am sitting at the bar having a beer. I am definitely doing something wrong here.
A couple of good photos would really lift my spirits, and I know some professors that could use them in classes.
In other news life has been good to me recently, my boss is awesome, classes are progressing, and I may even get to finish school before I hit forty, even if only by a few weeks.
Monday, November 4, 2013
The horizon seems to end except for a few bumps, but you are actually looking right where the city of Superior, Wisconsin sits.
To the left of the photo there is a raised boxy area, that is the Burlington Northern dock in South Superior, there are a few indistinct chimneys and such, and then the edge of the hill on the right, the hillside of duluth being about 1000 feet above lake level.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
As you can see this map has "everything that matters" on it. That is why there is no school, there is nothing past your house, Wal-Mart, or the church, nothing to distract you, and the only thing you can see out your window is the church so we wont even have any contradictions there.