This pretty much sums up how I’ve felt the last week. In between MAPS visits most of my time has been spent sleeping, catching up on the hours I don’t seem to get at night. Not to mention that it’s a lot of work hiking around the bush, off-trail. We figure that each of us puts in about 10 km of all-terrain walking on any given visit. By the time we wrap up at the end of the day, we’re both ready to crash on the couch for a good, long nap.
Yesterday morning we were out at our third and final MAPS station, which required an even earlier start than usual – the alarm went off at 3 am, after less than 5 hours of sleep. The above is a typical shot at this time of the morning – too dark to make out much detail. Fortunately, it brightens quickly as the sun rises. Here Dan’s hiking in a few spare poles that the nets get strung on.
I was going to do a post today on the birds and scenes of Rock Ridge, but thought I’d wait for Dan to get his summary posted. He’s launching into serious fieldwork now, up every day before dawn in order to get out to his sites before the birds rise. Which means early bedtimes. Which means the post will go up tomorrow!