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I need to get out of the office

February 4, 2009

In 10 days I leave for a three-week trip to Patagonia. I can’t wait.

I haven’t spent multiple consecutive days in the field  since last April, which is way too long! I’ve been looking at “digital rocks” since then and need to see some actual rocks in their natural habitat. There’s also something nice about the field in that you only have to worry about the basics … eating, sleeping, not falling off a cliff, not getting eaten by a puma, and — oh yeah — correctly interpreting Earth history.

I just need to get through the next week and a half … and then I’ll be here:

Los Cuernos at Torres del Paine National Park, southern Chile (© 2009

Los Cuernos at Torres del Paine National Park, southern Chile (© 2009


9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2009 8:56 am

    I’m jealous!

  2. February 4, 2009 9:06 am

    I agree with Kim completely!

    I find I feel the same about getting out to sea now. I need it to clear my head completely. and man does my mind feel cluttered right now!

  3. February 4, 2009 9:44 am

    Sounds wonderful!

  4. February 5, 2009 5:26 am

    Have fun. I’ll start fieldwork here on my Arctic island about a month from now. I’ll substitute “do not get eaten by a puma” by “do not get eaten by a polar bear”, but otherwise I totally agree.

  5. February 5, 2009 8:46 am

    saxifraga … I think polar bears are probably more dangerous … the pumas in the part of Patagonia we go to are relatively well-fed (lots of sheep and guanacos around) … but, it’s always in our the back of our minds that they are likely watching us hike around

  6. February 5, 2009 10:40 am

    Brian.. I lived and worked in TDP as an assistant ranger a few years ago and I find it impossible to overstate its beauty. Have a great time.

  7. February 5, 2009 2:15 pm

    Ryan … that must’ve been a fun job! Although it sounds a bit cliche,a photograph simply doesn’t capture the feeling when you are there.

  8. February 5, 2009 9:42 pm

    For my part I hope it’s an uplifting experience for you.

  9. February 6, 2009 2:31 pm

    Have a terrific time! I did a regional geology and pmag thesis in the Northern Patagonian Andes (about midway between Coyhaique and Puerto Mont) and had the time of my life. Since then I’ve being a geotech consulting for engineering geology, which is not nearly as cool as “real geology”.



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