Well we got to cure our cabin fever today with a trip into the forest to do the big grid. A storm passed and we thought that was it… we were wrong. They day started off normal, though a little more wet. The streams were all higher, but that was expected after the torrent of rain we’ve been getting. Crossing the first one was child’s play (though I did get my leg wet) compared to the next ones.
We get the first couple plots done and it rained hard, which while wet was not to bad. then we had to cross our first stream. Balanced against a fallen tree, we got past it with relative ease. We continue through the night, and it starts to rain harder, in fact we get soaked to our bones. I shiver a little bit, but you know what I can do this. Dr Bloch who I’m currently working with asks if I’m good. Me being me, I say yeah. So we now comes to time to cross the stream again… this time no tree. Lighting is rumbling over head and we have no choice, we look around and the point we are at is the only way, it’s either deep water, rushing water, or the equivalent of poison ivy down here, or this path, with rocks and running water. Dr. bloch slowly crawls across and suggests I looks to see if there is an easier way. I look and there is no way. So i continue on the same way. I move across a little faster but that is due to my technic. I did what i call a lizard crawl across the rock, which is similar to how chameleons move. I get across, and you know what… I had so much adrenaline running through me. Oh I forgot to mention I told Bloch that if I don’t make it… tell my mom I have a surprise for her (something I often say when I get home from a trip with a major injury). We get to our next plot and halfway through it 2 of the people work other plots find us and say they are heading back cause of the storm.
So we finish the plot and head back, me moving my average speed of slow. The trail is rocky wet slippery and steep. we get to the bridge to get over the major river which at this point is raging. Now this bridge is made of metal, and I’m in a lightning storm… that was the fastest I’ve ever moved this trip. We figured it was better for me to get back and be safe. I do have 2 women waiting for me at home (my loving Mom and precious girlfriend Patience), and Tom said that if I died he would bring me back to life and kill me.
So tonight was a good night, we have much more work to do. It helped to relieve all of our cabin fevers sence we had been stuck up here. But it looks like Sunday is our last day. Then Monday we go up to the top of the mountain and Tuesday we go into Old San Juan for the rainbow of pork deliciousness that me and Dr. Bloch want so much.
The entire crew before we go out into the field (what we thought was our last night.
The downpoor before we go out (can’t really see it well)
This is basically what I carry with me out in the field. Minus the snail tagging kit which I haven’t grabbed yet.
Compass and map
Emergency no battery flash light
Spare head lamp (the small one)
Main head lamp (the big one with the bat pack)
calipers for measuring snail
and the snail tag books and tagging kit