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Friday, May 29, 2009

Field Camp Days 1 & 2

So, I made it to Montana after 34 hours of sitting in the car. We took a detour to Chicago, since we had never been. I got to see Lake Michigan and eat Chicago deep dish pizza. It was pretty nice. We walked around Lake Michigan to a man made beach and watched seagulls for a while. Then, we headed for Mount Rushmore. We ended up going through Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Minnesota, and then Montana (not exactly in that order) which was nice because I have never seen most of the states just listed. We saw Mount Rushmore, which wasn't really as impressive as I thought it was going to be. It was a lot smaller than I imagined. Also, we saw the Crazy Horse Memorial that they are still working on. It was pretty big.

After we got to Montana, we checked into the dorms. Yesterday was the first day of field camp. I actually was able to keep up with the group but lacked my knee brace. :( I paid for that today. I saw four rattlesnakes yesterday and two eagles. I also saw deer and antelope. There are a lot of critters out here. I don't know how I feel about the mapping portion yet. My lines are off and we have to make a cross section that's due Monday. I'm not sure mine is going to be correct. I'm a bit nervous about it but my classmates have been really helpful and we've had study sessions to go over what we've done so far. I'd say that we've hiked about 10 or so miles so far but that has been over anticlines and synclines...so very steep hills. One was almost the size of a mountain. It's wearing on me but I think I'll be better for it in the long run. My hiking poles are definitely proving to be really useful! They saved me from falling on my butt so many times today.

Today, I saw two snakes. One was a pretty big rattlesnake that almost struck at a classmate of mine. He didn't rattle at first and he was hiding under a rock that my classmate walked over. Thankfully, my classmate wasn't injured and was able to move quickly away from the snake. It was a bit scary. The second snake was in brush and rattled to let us know...so there were no issues.

We've seen Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous and Tertiary rock so far. There's been an abundance of sandstone, shale, limestone, conglomerate, and volcanic tuff. It's been amazing to see the different rock types. Limestone has been really soft and easy to identify...even without acid. It's a grayish color that can be scratched easily with a rock hammer. I need to find a way to take pictures so that I can show everyone when I get home. The anticline is really big and really interesting. It folded into a syncline, which I had also never seen in person before.

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