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Deep Freeze

The field team reports that it has been wicked cold on the plateau in southern Utah for the first part of their trip.  I thought they were just exaggerating until I received this photo yesterday.

I’m all for frosty beers in the field, but frosty backpacks??? It’s a tough way to wake up in the morning.

I guess it really is 20 degrees Fahrenheit at night.  Believe it or not, these guys have been sleeping outside in this, no tents.  Now that’s dedication!

At least it hasn’t all been bad.  Aside from the stunning views they have been afforded so far, Bucky and the team had a close encounter, with some elusive bighorn sheep.  Bighorn sheep populations were once a mainstay for Utah natives, but populations declined dramatically mid-century, and by the 60’s it was though that the species was extinct in Utah.  The culprit was thought to be diseases carried by domestic sheep.  Later biologists located the sheep in some of the most “inaccessible, most hostile country in Utah” according to the Deseret News.

Yeah, we know how they feel.

The team spots a bighorn sheep while prospecting. What a treat!
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Hanging Out

Bucky and the team are out looking for dinosaurs and other ancient animals as we speak.  Cell phone reception is pretty spotty in the area they are currently prospecting.  Footholds are pretty spotty too, it would seem.

Bucky tests his resolve on a sandstone slope. The only way to find dinosaurs is to get right up to the rock and have a look!

Ask any paleontologist how many times they have gotten themselves stuck, clinging for their life on some rock or scraggy near vertical hillside covered in gravel and they will just laugh.  Usually a day doesn’t go by when I gaze up to the top of a cliff, sigh, and say to myself… ugh, I have to go up there?  It’s all part of the job!