Fairbanks by bike--all summer long.
So, the last few weeks have brought some seriously busy times as I packed up shop from Seattle, WA, USA and headed to Fairbanks, AK, USA for the summer field season. I headed north because I was fortunate enough to score a seasonal position with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (Colorado State Univ.) that will provide a wonderful stopgap opportunity before my partner and collaborator, Lexine Long, and I pack up for more arid climates (but that's another story).
For the next three months, I'm living dry, pulling 20-30 miles on the bike (still stock through gravel, mud, sand, median, bikepath and freeway, although some drop bars would help...), including hauling water every once in a while, but that's another story. I made some local and seasonal friends, miss mi amiga Lexine, and am getting into summer bike shape, but will have some updates as publications roll, certainties develop and I get to check out more cool wetlands in the boreal zone. Tomorrow, I may even blog on a paper by Kettenring and Reinhardt-Adams that ran in Wetlands Ecology and Management and fix that silly research page that lacks any content.
For now, here are my totals for Fairbanks:
179 pull-ups (wide-grip, hands out)
~500 mosquito bites
~100 mosquitoes killed
1 bike assembled
1 paddle trip
9 beaver sitings
2 arctic fox within 50 feet of my bike
~1000 migratory waterfowl viewed (must. get. Audobon. guide.)
380 bike miles
<50 car miles
12 gallons of water hauled by bike
1 lonely partner
Too many dollars at Fred Meyer
Not enough coffee