Trip Log: Friday, July
We got a late start to the quarries this morning (9 am instead of 8), because
we had voted last night to have our bone-briefing in the morning, when
theoretically we could all stay awake, rather than last night after dinner
(most of us were in bed and asleep by 8:30 pm). Roland started his briefing
with accolades to the team...and news that the BLM guy was impressed with
our dedication and perseverance under adverse conditions. So much so, that he agreed to come
up with some money to help provide us with our own individual bone boxes for use
in our classes and throughout the district.
Amanda, in true REI style and service, shows Janet how to put on
her gaiters correctly.
Weather Report37° at 8:00 a.m. COLD and overcast, BUT it wasn’t
Quarry 1 (531) AKA Big Boned Women. Paleo disaster! Peg had the Paleo
Bond spill on her hands. While trying to help, Phelana got glued to
her gloves. Then the disaster spilled over into Quarry 2 as Phil was
Paleo-bound to his quarry shale. Kevin came to the rescue and unglued
Peg by taking three layers of skin off her hands, ripping Phelana’s
gloves off and ignoring Phil.
Quarry 2(532) AKA The PaleoRockers. Phil had the quote of the day “There
are no small bones, only small paleontologists”. In spite of such
wit, he still had to stay after school to finish jacketing the huge
tibia he found.
Quarry 3 (533) AKA Chips and Dip(s). They continued being the model
quarry…, meticulous and patient. Their goal was to get down to
20cm (the story is that the big bones are about 25cm down)! They fell
a little short, but tomorrow is another day.
Quarry 4 (534) The Five F’s. Judy and Steve, with occasional
help from Amanda and Roland, found a pubic bone without the boot and
a complete neural spine. Woo wooo!
Quarry 5 Our new crew. Gary and George, teachers from Fairbanks, have
come to help out. They took over the Pink Boot site and are known as
the BoneHeads. They made some fabulous finds: seven skull pieces; a
left and right jugal (cheekbones), left prefrontal, squamosal (upper
back of the skull) and two basioccipital and supraoccipital. Quarry
3 already hates you! Just kidding. Welcome.
Holly enjoys her rockin birthday dinner and rockin presents.
The Poverty Bar Choir sings Hollys birthday
song to the tune of Deck the Halls.
Phil tell stories around the campfire.
It was Holly’s birthday today. We celebrated after dinner with
poems, presents and songs. Holly said it was the best birthday
she ever celebrated away from home.
We ended the night aroud the campfire listening to Dave read from Patrick
McManus and Phil tell stories.
Reporters for the day: Chris and Pat
P.S. From our Birthday Girl, Holly, love and kisses to her family and
she is thinking of you today!
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