I’ve wanted to visit Glacier National Park since I was maybe 14 years old, and this weekend I finally did! Glacier met and exceeded all of my expectations. I only wish that I could have stayed longer and hiked more of the trails.
Last week I discovered that my soil conductivity probe was having some measurement errors, so I spent this week re-collecting soil samples and measuring the conductivity with a different probe. Luckily I’m almost done with this section of my research; I only have one more site to sample next week and then I’ll be finished with the soil measurements.
4th of July (and Canada Day!) weekend should be lots of fun. We have plans to visit the Arlee Powwow tomorrow and then camp/hike at Glacier on Sunday and Monday.
Pictured below: a view of the Missions from the Se¿lis¿ Ksanka Ql¿ispe¿ Dam.
We finally made it out to the bison range! The bison really do not give a crap about cars or people, which was a little unsettling, but it also meant that we could get really cool pictures.
(2nd pic is an elk, which was also cool.)
This week: the huckleberry crew collected more phenology data (still no ripe huckleberries yet), I spent many hours in the lab processing my soil samples (big thanks to Mariana and DeeDee who helped me out!), team SPAW started working on our group introduction, and today, a few of us went hiking to Mission Falls.
Next week I’ll start looking for trends in my soil data. There are a few sites I’ll need to re-sample, but in overall, I think this week’s work was successful.
#PhotoOp at McDonald Lake. Big smiles from the huckleberry crew 😁
On Saturday, DeeDee, Tasha and I took a trip to Missoula to buy some better fieldwork gear. I had been wearing a pair of beat-up running shoes, and after many years of never owning hiking boots I finally gave in and bought a pair. Here’s hoping that they serve me well!
This was a busy week! Between Monday and today (Friday), the huckleberry team has visited nearly all the field sites, we’ve watched The Place of Falling Waters movie, traveled to the encampment, and become acquainted with this region of Montana. Later today, we’re going to the Peoples Center and maybe the Bison Range.
Pictured below: fun in the field while collecting huckleberry phenology data! This was one of our Wednesday sites.