Thursday, June 30, 2005

The time has come!!

Hello Everyone!!

Wanted to let you know we made it back from Yellowstone and the Grand Teton Mountains. They were absolutely breathtaking!! This was probably my favorite two days. And guess what?!?! I saw a moose, a grizzley bear and bison!! I took tons of pictures but my computer is already loaded back into it's case as we leave here at 8:00am tomorrow and about 95% of my stuff is packed. I guess we find out our grades tonight or in the morning also. Since we arrived back at camp we have been working on camp cleanup and will have our final tonight after dinner. We also have a camp party tonight.

Will close for now as I'm really tired and still have a few things to do before I go. I'll update again in 2 days (Saturday) from the hotel in Omaha. I'll be home on Sunday night around 10:40 or so. I'm hoping we can get together sometime soon so I can show you all the pictures and tell you all about camp!!

Big hugs...until Saturday....
Paleogirl Rene

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Start Packin' Your Bags!!


Coming Home!! Posted by Hello

Dr. Kvale, one of our professors and the leader of this camp, informed us that we needed to start packing for home today as we'll have very little time on thursday when we return. This, my friends and family, is definitely the beginning of the end! This is the last week and on friday my butt will be in a van on its way back to Omaha, Nebraska to catch my plane on sunday. I am estatic!! My clothes cupboard is almost bare, except for a few shirts and underthings that I'll be using on the way home. I am so ready!!

This will be my last post for a couple of days as we'll be in Yellowstone, etc. as mentioned in the blog yesterday. I should have time to say hi again on thursday before taking off and then I'll let you know we arrived in Omaha safe and sound.

Have a great week...I know I am going to!!

Until thursday.....
Paleogirl Rene

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Stress Ball Bob is clean again!


YAY! Clean laundry!! Posted by Hello

It was great to get into town and do laundry. What was even better was realizing this was the LAST time I'd have to go in there to do laundry!! Yep, that's right folks, the final countdown has begun in earnest towards getting home. Now it's not just days we're counting but events. For example...only 6 more days until I'm done....only one more night of kitchen duty....only one more project to complete...you get the picture, I'm sure.

Today in the field wasn't so bad. We did a lot of climbing in and out of the van and looking at different things. The stress fracture in my right foot was acting up a bit but I managed to get most things done. Our final project will be done on Monday.

Tomorrow is a day off and I'm looking forward to it. I think I will once again try to take it easy. On Monday night we head into Cody to spend the night and will be camping there. Then tuesday and wednesday take us to Yellowstone and also the Grand Teton Mountains where we will also camp (don't forget I won't be able to post to my blog these days). Thursday is back to camp, camp cleanup, take our final, get our grade and pack our stuff. Friday, glorious friday, we leave for home. I won't actually get into town until Sunday night around 10:40pm or so. It will be great to be home for the 4th.

Will close for now and go see if I can get some CD's I wanted to copy from some of the folks here. I'll post a bit more tomorrow...

Paleogirl Rene

Friday, June 24, 2005

The Reservoir Dogs...


My prospect team... Posted by Hello

This was for the oil and gas project that we did last week. On the left is Laura and on the right is Hillary. For our project we had to come up with a team name and also a prospectus name. Our prospectus name was "C'mon, throw in a buck!"...a line from the movie Reservoir Dogs. We used this picture as the first slide in our presentation. The instructors couldn't stop laughing...they thought it was perfect. They say I don't look mean enough though...teehee.

Today was a short day in the field, only until 12:00. Then we came back and worked on our hydrology project that was due at 5:00. It, too, was a full prospectus telling the land owner where to drill for water. I'm hoping my team did a good job on our group part, and I'd like to think I did a good job on the individual part, but one never knows until the grades are handed out.

Tonight I'm off to go do laundry...I know you must all be just as estatic as I am over this! Actually, tonight is the LAST NIGHT I will ever do laundry in a Basin, Wyoming laundromat....YAY YAY YAY!! (I'm trying to curtail my excitement, can't you tell?)

It's funny, I dropped over to the website for the field camp and was looking at it. You think to yourself "Only 7 more days" but it's when you actually see it on a calendar and you look at all you have accomplished in the past 5 weeks that you think "WOW, I really am almost done".

Will close for now...almost time for kitchen crew. The extra responsibility of that has also helped make this week pass quickly.

I'll update again tomorrow...Sleep well my friends,
Paleogirl Rene

Thursday, June 23, 2005

8 DAYS BABY!!!! OH YEA!!!!


Me at Shell Falls Posted by Hello

This photo was taken yesterday at Shell Falls and I think it came out really good. Today we went back into the field but in a different area. The scenery was beautiful. We were up in a canyon with mountain all around us. Absolutely breathtaking! I forgot to take my camera this morning but we're going tomorrow and I'll make sure to have it. We started our final project this morning...finding an appropriate place to drill a water well. We'll learn more of what we're supposed to be doing tonight during lecture.

Deborah, I received your card today and it's so PERFECT!! I keep telling everyone about my friends back home and how you are all rooting for me to finish this course. Now I'll be able to show them exactly who I'm talking about! Thank you so much for the kind message, it really did make my day more wonderful. We will all have to go to Starbucks for sure when I get back...and I kind of like being a legend...haha.

Will close for now and put my feet up for a few minutes before shower time and kitchen duty. We've got a storm blowing in and the temperature in our room is finally below the boiling point!

Be good if you can...and if you can't, have fun doing it!
Paleogirl Rene

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


At Shell Falls with Stress Ball Bob... Posted by Hello

Adventures of Stress Ball Bob


Ready to hit the road...in the drivers seat with Stress Ball Bob Posted by Hello

Today we headed out to go downsection in the rocks. We did some climbing and then we stopped at Shell Falls for lunch. In addition to lunch we also did some looking at rocks (like we haven't seen enough, right?). Anyway, then the REAL adventure began. One of the three vans began to back out of the falls area when they suddenly crashed into the fence behind them. Come to find out the starter caused the engine to shut off and when that happened there were no brakes or steering! Thank GOD it happened in the parking lot. We were about to start heading back down the mountain. It reminds me of the way down from Boone to Lenoir if you know that area. If the van had shut off then, that van would not have been able to stop and it had 11 people in it. It would have probably gone off the side. Thank goodness for miracles.

So, today we're back a bit early and that's really nice because we get a bit of a break (2 hours...but I'll take anything I can get!).

Have a great rest of the day and hope you like the pictures with Stress Ball Bob!

SINGLE DIGITS BABY....ONLY 9 MORE DAYS!!!!
Paleogirl Rene

The Adventures of Stress Ball


Stress Ball prepares for lecture! Posted by Hello

P.S. Thanks to my sister, Roxanne, and her husband, Randy for the inspiration for this series. Stress Ball was included in my care package. Let's see what kinds of adventures he can get into!!

Stay tuned for the next installment!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

102° in Greybull

Yep, you read that right....102° in Greybull, Wyoming today. On the way home from the field we pass a gas station there and that's what the temperature read...at 4:00pm. I'll be honest, we started in the field at 9:30am and by 2:00pm I was dead. I was almost out of water and just headed back to the van. But, not after sliding down a hill of Mowry Shale and landing on my bad arm 4 times! Thank goodness it's healed well or it would have been broken again. Today may have been the toughest day in the field for me, mostly because of the heat. I stayed in the van and just thought "I can't do anymore". I think everyone else is feeling about the same on this project. Tonight we have a lecture and then have to get cross sections done...UGH!

I got back into camp this afternoon and had the most WONDERFUL surprise waiting for me!! My weird-adopted-funny-pain-in-the-hiney sister and her husband sent me a care package!! I love the little bucket it came in! The candy bar is completely melted but we do have freezers here. My favorite part is the little stress ball. I'm going to squeeze him like mad for the next 4 days (new project starting). Also, you're not allowed to write such sappy stuff in cards to me....it makes me cry in front of all my friends (teehee). Also, I'm not really sure if you're adopted or Mom found you under a head of cabbage in the field...I'll investigate if I ever make it out of here alive.

Caterpilliars were out in full force again today...I didn't kill any (that I know of). Thank goodness we're leaving that site because I hear this afternoon that they bite! Crazy things!

Will close for now..be good...think good thoughts...tomorrow is SINGLE DIGITS BABY!!!

Love and miss you all!
Paleogirl Rene

Monday, June 20, 2005

Monday, Monday...la, la, la, la, la

*WHEW* What a long day!! So this morning we started at the Sheep Mountain Anticline doing a field check. By then the temperature was in the high 80's. I thought I was going to die humping it around that mountain. When I got back to the van, the air was so thin that I was having a hard time breathing. I finally caught my breath in the van as we sped off to the Alkalai Anticline. It's there that we spent the rest of the day. Mind you, temperatures got into the 90's! In the 8 hours we were out I drank 4 liters of water and never pee'd once! Trust me, I was sweating it out like mad. We are supposed to go back to that area tomorrow and finish up the anticline. The heat really makes it nearly unbearable. Oh, and not to mention it is now caterpillar season and these BIG HUGE ICKY caterpillars are everywhere!! And they get inside your clothes...EVERYWHERE!! Makes me sick just thinking about how many I squashed inside my shirt. My favorite thing to do when they get close to me is to put down a rock, let them climb on the rock, then fling the rock as far as I can. Trust me, killing 1 or 1000 won't make a difference because there are so many of them.

I am seriously counting down the days...tomorrow will be 10 days left of field camp. There is a 2 day drive back time but that's okay...only 10 more days of hiking. I can tell you that I've lost weight..probably about 15-20 pounds now....I'm hiking a lot better than when I got here....I am EXHAUSTED!!

Will close for now. Kitchen crew starts soon and I'd really like a big glass of water before that happens. Did I tell you I'm down to 1 cup of coffee a day? There is something really seriously wrong with that!! To be honest, I don't want to drink too much coffee and then have to pee in the field.

Until tomorrow (and I'll upload a picture then), I am....

The coffee-deprived Paleogirl Rene

Sunday, June 19, 2005

My Sunday...


Coteman's Tomb Posted by Hello

The mountain in the middle is called Coteman's Tomb. Let me tell you the story. This guy, Mr. Coteman, came to this area and decided that before he died he was going to climb this HUGE mountain and then have his ashes put there after he passed away. Well, he never got to climb the mountain but his ashes are thrown there....and that's why it's called "Coteman's Tomb".

Today was a nice quiet day. I took this picture on my walk up to Dirty Annie's. I could not stomach the idea of another sandwich or trail mix so 4 friends and I walked up there and had juicy cheeseburgers, fries and a pepsi! It was really delicious and so needed.

Tonight we watched "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", one of my favorite movies. I needed a good laugh and it certainly provided it for me.

Tomorrow starts a new week, a busy week. Tomorrow we are going to go hike Sheep's Mountain again to do a field check then later this week we will be mapping some carbonate facies. I know what you're thinking...carbonate what? Trust me, I'm thinking the same thing....

Be good and I'll type more tomorrow, even if it's short!
Paleogirl Rene

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Wyoming Dino Museum!


T-Rex Posted by Hello

Today we headed to Thermopolis to do laundry and to see either the Thermopolis Hot Springs or the Dinosaur Museum. The day went a little funky because we didn't get out of here until late. Then when we got to the laundromat, half the washers and dryers weren't working. So, we spent way too much time in there trying to get laundry done. Afterwards, I had an hour to get to the museum and back to the vans. It took 15 minutes to walk there, 30 minutes inside the museum and 15 minutes back to the van. It was a small museum, thank goodness, and I just flew by the exhibits because there was just no time to stop and read. I feel bad for the hot springs people though because they never made it over there.

Have I mentioned how ready I am to come home? I am very homesick right now and it's not a good thing because I've been snappy with people. Although, in some cases I feel it's justified.

I want to let you know that starting on Monday I have kitchen duty and will try to get time to be online for my blog but if I miss a day or so just know that it's because of that coupled with our normal work and lecture schedule.

Will close for now. I skipped dinner tonight because I'm irritated with someone here but I still have KP duty so I'll touch base with you again tomorrow. Hope you like the picture of T-Rex!

Big Hugs to all....I'll be home soon!
Paleogirl Rene

Friday, June 17, 2005

DONE! (with the oil project)

Ah, another project done. Dr. MaryAnn Holmes, one of the most fabulous people on the planet, says I speak well (we had to present our information to the instructors and investor). That makes me feel good. Our project did not come out as planned but we were able to defend our position and talk this guy out of drilling for oil. As I understand it, tonight we will watch a video showing what should happen in this area. Our data was a mess, but we'll see if oil is expected.

It is hot as heck here today....luckily there is a breeze blowing. Tonight one of the groups will head in to do laundry. I'm not in a rush to get some wash done so I hope it's not my group. Tomorrow we are supposed to head to Thermopolis Hot Springs and the Wyoming Dinosaur Museum. I am really looking forward to the museum but am still a bit unsure about the springs. The water will be really hot and with the hot temperatures outside, I'm not sure I'm ready to be that cooked. Not only that but the hot springs have a sulfur smell (think the end of a match) and not sure I want to tour the museum smelling like that. Casey and I are considering heading into Cody tomorrow night to see the rodeo. Unlike the past couple of weeks, I am taking Sunday off! I need some rest!!

Hope all is well back home. Two more weeks and I'll be there. This has been a long 4 weeks and I'm really tired now....

I'll take some pictures tomorrow in town. Until the next installment....

Paleogirl Rene

Good Morning!

CAMP IS NOW 2/3 OVER!! Tell me that isn't a great thought first thing in the morning?!?! In 2 weeks exactly I will be making the trek home. I can't wait!

Mom - I got my package yesterday...THANK YOU!!!! It was perfect!! We ate cookies last night and everyone loved them!! I can't thank you enough...it's a piece of home.

We worked on our project until 12:30 last night and still have a lot of stuff to do. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, we are working on an oil prospect. Out of all of the projects we have done so far, this one is my least favorite. It has solidified the fact that I do not want to work in the oil & gas industry. While I do understand that many of the people in this course will be doing that, it just doesn't appeal to me at all.

Today is a day in camp to finish up the work on this project and this afternoon beginning at 1:00pm we have to present it to the investor. It's a 20 minute presentation and they are going to ask about half a billion questions. I only hope we do okay because I'm somewhat clueless on the whole affair.

Will close for now, the breakfast bell went off and I smell bacon...YAY!! We need a good breakfast today.

Will update this later with info on how we did on our project.

Big hugs to all....
Paleogirl Rene

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Oil Prospects and Lightning Bugs...OH MY!


Me at Big Horn Canyon Posted by Hello

Hi All!!

Sorry this is so late tonight. We are working on a huge project...an oil prospect here in the Big Horn Basin. The work is intense and we are so short on time to do it. We have to make a presentation to the prospect owner on Friday at noon. Our data will be used to help him decide if he will drill a $500,000 oil well. Right now we're working on figuring out if he even has a chance of drilling into oil at all. Tomorrow will be another long night as must we get our prospectus and powerpoint presentation completed. Do I hear "all nighter"?

So I was walking back from the porta-potty tonight and I thought to myself "I wish I could show everyone how beautiful the stars are out here." They are really amazing when you have no lights around. The sky is just filled. I didn't realize there were that many stars in the sky.

The other thing I saw tonight was my first Wyoming lightning bug. As you know, my philosphy is "if you can make your butt light up then you're pretty special in my book." It was glorious to watch it fly around the common area in camp.

Before I go tonight I'd like to tell you all how much I appreciate your support on this journey. I know several people here are reading the blogs also and they, too, are inspired by your kind words and messages. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful family and friends!

Mom, the package didn't come today but Shell, WY (population 50) is always a little slow. I'll email you as soon as it arrives (probably tomorrow).

On that note, I will close for tonight. It is almost 11pm and tomorrow will be another long, hot day in the field. Hope you like the picture...it's from this past weekend at Big Horn Canyon in Montana. Gorgeous, GORGEOUS area!!

Sleep well my friends,
Paleogirl Rene

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Things I'm going to do when I get home...

(as per Rene and Casey)

1. Shower alone!!!!!
2. Eat real butter on fully cooked toast
3. Never eat sandwiches again...ever
4. Never eat trail mix again....EVER!
5. Flush my toilet 100 times just to enjoy the sound
6. Shave my legs
7. Sit on my couch for 24 hours without moving except for coffee and bathroom breaks
8. Avoid picnic tables like the plague
9. Change my socks everyday
10. Avoid hills while walking
11. Drink from a real glass
12. Eat a good pizza! (Kosmic Karma at Mellow Mushroom sounds good)
13. Spend $20 at Starbucks
14. Talk on the phone for an hour
15. Paint my toenails
16. Not wear shower shoes in the shower
17. Get a haircut
18. Go to the beach and inhale the salt air deeply
19. Drive our cars
20. Enjoy the sound of cars and civilzation through the open windows instead of the sounds of donkeys, llamas, cows and sheep
21. Hoard soft toilet paper!!
22. Slather my whole body with rich lotion
23. Sleep in a real bed with no sleeping bags nearby
24. Thank the Lord that I made it through field camp
25. Thank all my friends for their wonderful support through this 6 weeks. You all inspire me to want to do better.
26. Hug my kids until they're screaming to be let loose.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Not a Happy Camper!


Late night potty break! Posted by Hello

You think you've got it bad, huh? Well, imagine this, in order for me to make my last potty break of the night last night I had to don my raincoat and wander off to the wilds of the porta-potties! It really sucks when you are ready to head to bed and your jammies are soaked at the bottoms because you've been trudging through the mud just to be able to go to the bathroom. UGH!

So, today was not one of my best days. I should be looking at it like I'm on the downhill slide, but things just got to be too much for me today. To begin with, I got back a project that I'd done and got a 30/100. To me that says "do you even know what the hell geology is let alone how to do it?" Those kinds of scores really make me question whether or not switching out of social work was right for me. At least there I succeeded and felt like I had a clue what was going on.

So then we head to the field and we're trudging through mud and muck and down hills and of course I'm thinking "holy moly, I have got to come back UP this hill on the way back". Once we did head back, needless to say I was at the back of the pack...like 20 minutes back because I have a hard time catching my breath in the thinner air up here, not to mention I'm about 80 pounds overweight. So that embarrasses me and I'm crying all the way up the hills thinking to myself that I'm just so freeking tired and it would feel good to just sit down and cry for an hour or so...just let it out. But of course I can't do that. Casey, bless her heart (she will definitely get wings in heaven, let me tell you) keeps pumping me up, walks the whole way back with me up those damn huge hills, listens to me cry, carries my backpack part of the way so I can catch my breath and continues to have the energy to cheer me on... She deserves a medal, let me tell you!

Then it's off to another site where we had to hike up, do our work and hike back down (more heavy breathing and almost crying) and then on to another site where we hiked up, listened for about 1 minute of quick lecture before hiking back down...and on it went.

To say I am not a happy camper today is an understatement. To say I am questioning my ability to understand geology is an understatement. To say I am as dumb as the rocks I am studying is pretty dead on it seems like today. To say I am tired is enough for me to say goodnight...I am off to make a pot of coffee and bite the hand of anyone who tries to take a cup.

Love you all,
The not so perky Paleogirl Rene

Sunday, June 12, 2005


Today at Big Horn Canyon...left to right...Me, Brandy Bob, Casey, Brandy Jo Posted by Hello

Sunday, Sunday...

I woke up this morning to light rain...that blocks out my plans for today. We were going to either spend the afternoon up in the Bighorn Mountains looking at the wild horses and some other things or I was going to take a walk up to Dirty Annie's (the local convenience store) for a little while. If the weather clears I will probably do the latter. I need a bit of solitude. It's amazing how you can never get any "me" time while you're in camp.

I am the first one awake this morning. It's amazing the stillness of the camp on our day off. Luckily the mess hall is open and I was able to make coffee!! Of course, everyone is sleeping in after going out last night. I became too pooped to pop to be honest. After we finished laundry about 10:30 I just couldn't put any energy into going to the bar or the dance. Not only that, but the dance seemed to be more of a high school gathering rather than adults. So, I came back to camp, put away my clothes and read for about 10 minutes before drifting off to sleep.

Yesterday was a tough day. We got up in the morning and got ready to go. We started out late because the Friday night laundry crew didn't get back until 12:30am. So off to Sheep Mountain we went about 9:00am. We spent the day there hiking and taking data until 3:00pm when we finally took off and headed back to camp. We got here about 4:00pm and then had camp cleanup until 5:30. Camp cleanup involves either cleaning the kitchen, cabins or showers. Then you do another hour of miscellaneous stuff. Yesterday those miscellaneous jobs were laying gravel along the walks, planting trees or pulling dead vines. The easiest of the three was planting trees and that's what I got to do. My body was so tired at that point that I was really happy. After cleanup, 20 minutes for showers, dinner and then off to do laundry until 10:30pm. Like I said, long day!

My jeans are getting too loose...I think I've lost about 15 pounds. If I haven't lost weight then I must be toning up because I have to wear my belt to keep my pants up. They are feeding us really, really well here...it's just all the physical exertion.

Well, coffee is ready and I'm going to go get a cup now, write up some postcards when I fully wake up, and just generally have a quiet Sunday. I think I'll ask someone if I can borrow a movie...that would be relaxing.

Take care and I'll post more tomorrow. Only 21 days until I arrive back in Wilmington....YAY!!
Paleogirl Rene

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Lunchtime at Sheep Mountain Anticline


Lunchtime Posted by Hello

This picture was taken this afternoon at the Sheep Mountain Anticline. From left to right are my friends Stephanie, Brandy Joe, Brandy Bob, and me in front. This was the area for our mapping project this week. Let me tell you what, I humped it around the area like a mad woman today trying to get everything done. And I can also tell you that I am exhausted! I mean right through to the bone EXHAUSTED!! Thank goodness tomorrow is a day off. Also, we are officially halfway through field camp. Two more weeks of projects, a week of Yellowstone and then a final and I'm on my way...YAY!

Tonight I'll be heading into town after dinner to do laundry and then we're stopping by Greybull for the street dance. It's "Greybull Days of '49" this weekend and there's a dance tonight and a rodeo tomorrow. Not sure if we'll go to the rodeo or not but I would love to. I'm going to have to see if we can get a van going.

Will close for now as I want to relax for about 15 minutes before dinner. I'll chat with you soon!!

Friday, June 10, 2005


We saw a double rainbow in Cody this past weekend...not sure if you can see the lighter one off to the left of the main one... Posted by Hello

I have to admit, I have seen the most wonderful things since I've been here in Wyoming. I am really looking forward to Yellowstone in two weeks. It will be the final week before coming home. Speaking of coming home, tomorrow will be the end of 3 weeks and I'll be home 3 weeks exactly from Sunday. Camp is almost, officially, half over!

Most of you know how much I dislike Texas...anyway, so this other group from University Texas Austin is in town to do their geology field camp. They were working in the same area as us and we warned them about the bentonite roads (slick as snot). They blew us off and shot us the bird after we left. Anyway, we had a rain storm yesterday which makes the bentonite even more slick....the Texas folks (those arrogant idiots) did not get out of the field until 2:30am this morning...after pushing out their vans for 8 hours because their egos were too big to listen to us. You should have seen the ruts in the road...a tractor had to pull one of them out it was so deep. Plus, one of the vans has severe damage to the front. Always listen to someone who knows what they're talking about!! Oh, and we hear some students were injured in the ordeal. I'd sue the professors!

Will close for now...tacos for dinner...nummies!!
MISS YOU ALL,
Paleogirl Rene

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Dolly Llama!!


Dolly Llama! Posted by Hello The llama at the house next door to camp

So let me tell you the torrid details of Miss Dolly Llama's love life....it seems that this family not only owns Miss Dolly but also a male donkey. Well, the donkey took a liking to Miss Dolly and tried to create new and wonderful babies with her. Well, Miss Dolly would NOT have such a thing, nor would her owners. So, the owners bought a female donkey for the male donkey to fool around with. Well, the female donkey did NOT like the male donkey and she was always hanging out at the fence-line to the next field over. WELL...the female donkey went astray and cheated on the male, getting pregnant by another male donkey in the field next door! She then gave birth to a bastard donkey, we call him Fred. So, the male donkey is still after Miss Dolly, the female donkey has the hots for the donkey next door and poor little Freddy is the laughing stock of the whole farmyard. Imagine the scandal!!

Apparently there's nothing quite as wonderful as a little llama love....

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The week is half over!

Today wasn't too bad...at least the sun was shining rather than the gloomy rain we've had the past couple of days. It got so cold last night that if we'd dropped just a couple more degrees, we'd have had snow. The snow-line on the mountains came down very, very low last night. It has been said that we probably had wet snow that didn't stick. It's the first time I've worn my longjohns in June!

We went out this afternoon hoping that the roads had dried up, but no such luck. The bentonite roads are as slick as can be and the vans just get stuck...remember the picture of the "almost" rollover? Instead, we went to this area called "the dump" but it's not really an official dump, just where folks toss off their old tires, cars, etc (it made me sad really to see it). Anyway, at the dump is the area I described a couple of weeks ago that has the ammonites. However, no one found any. Then we wandered off to another area and did some general hiking. I picked up a couple of interesting rocks but nothing major.

Tonight will be another lecture until about 10pm. I realized earlier we're doing 14 hour days. It's no wonder we're all worn out!

Will close for now and am going to try to catch a quick nap before dinner. I'll type more tomorrow.

Paleogirl Rene

More pictures of the camp....


The other side of the mess hall/classroom...my favorite spot..the coffee corner!! Posted by Hello

The mess hall/classroom Posted by Hello

I sleep in the far right corner Posted by Hello

The porta-potties Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Showers!!


Posted by Hello Thought you'd like a good look at where I'm showering...absolutely no privacy as there are 4 stalls in there with no dividers. Therefore, I usually take my shower after dinner rather than during the alloted time.

We've got thunderstorms here again today so were unable to go out in the field. It makes the time drag by.

I'll upload more pictures later...
Paleogirl Rene

A new week begins

Sorry I didn't get a chance to type yesterday. We got caught in one heck of a storm downtown after fleeing where we were working. We got hit by rain, hail, lightning and even a couple of tornadoes. When we saw the storm coming in we literally begain to flee the mountain. Wild, wild weather!! The bad weather knocked out our internet access.

We had a great time in Cody. I went to the Buffalo Bill museum and looked at the stuff there. It's really HUGE! You really need a couple of days to see it all. Also had pizza (which we've all been craving) and got to rest up a bit.

This morning we have a quiz so I must get going. I'll type more later and try to post some of the camp pictures again.

THANKS FOR ALL THE REPLYS!! I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU AND I MISS YOU ALL DEARLY!!

Paleogirl Rene

Saturday, June 04, 2005

2 WEEKS DONE!!!!

I cannot believe it...two weeks are done and I'm still alive. I'm amazed. Today was tough, a lot of hiking...about 5 miles to be exact. Tonight I'm headed into town to do laundry, the highlight of my week. Tomorrow we are definitely going to Cody, WY and I'm really looking forward to that.

I don't know if you know this or not, but my Mom ROCKS!! She sent me a HUGE care package today. There must have been $100 worth of food and goodies for me and my pals. Mom, I can't even begin to tell you how much it meant to me to have something coming from home. I love you so much!

Lastly, I'll leave you with a bit of humor....Today, we looked at Indian Sex Stones...also known as "More f**king rocks"!

Be good...I'll type more tomorrow...I took pictures of camp so you can see our lovely showers/porta-potties/etc.

Paleogirl Rene

Friday, June 03, 2005

Another Project Completed!


Hi Haley!! Posted by Hello

So today we finished another group project. Next week we will have the same type of structure project but it will be solo. No problem...I remember my stuff from that class. The week is almost over and I'm looking forward to Sunday. We're heading into Cody, WY for some R&R that day. We might go to the movies but most especially I know we're headed to Walmart. Silly as it sounds, I am looking forward to getting there and paying normal prices for things. For example, the other day I paid $3.99 for a protractor as I'd lost mine in the field. They cost 50 cents at Walmart, but because they have the market here in Greybull, I paid $3.99...it was one of those things I had to have though.

Off to work on my stratigraphic column...be good and I'll post some more tomorrow...

Paleogirl Rene

Thursday, June 02, 2005

My Flower...


Erick picked me a flower on the mountainside today...aren't I just too cute? Posted by Hello

Today was a really long day of hiking...7 hours on a mountainside trying to get our data. I am completely, COMPLETELY worn out! And tomorrow, more of the same. I just keep trying to remember to take it one day at a time...one step up that mountain at a time.

Deborah asked about my address here in field camp and here it is...I'd love to hear from you!!

Rene Lewis
I.S.U. Geology Field Station
1800 U.S. Highway 14 E.
Shell, WY 82441

Will close for now and go rest my weary bones before dinner tonight. Only 29 more days...YAY!! I miss you all so much and can't wait to get home!!

Paleogirl Rene

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Sheep's Mountain


A little windy, but behind me is Sheep's Mountain... Posted by Hello

Today we went out in the field again even though it was raining. It wasn't as bad as the other day though as the roads we were travelling on were more asphalt than mud. After we did our field work a severe storm started blowing in as we were on our way to the Bentonite Plant (they make rocks into kitty litter). We saw two large tornadoes, one of which touched the ground. When the storm passed overhead we were in the building but the noise was pretty loud.

Afterwards, we got to head into town. Town is literally two roads that come together with about 5 stores on each side. I bought a new protractor (as I lost mine in the field yesterday) and some postcards. Hope you're all liking the postcards...I sent off more yesterday.

Tonight we get to look forward to an evening of stratigraphic columns...oh yippee. But hey, it's Wednesday and we've only got 30 days left...YAY!!