Current temperature: -10C
Food: Today was a brown bag lunch day, consisting of pork tenderloin and a “beefy” calzone of sorts. Dessert was that raspberry chocolate cake, =D. Dinner was incredible: strip steak, potatoes, salad and cherry cobbler!
So, with field work, there are good days and bad days … today wasn’t a good day, but it wasn’t that bad either. We got a bit of a late start to the “North Drill Camp” – not a big deal. Our two goals: to log the borehole using Bob’s BOS system and to play with melt. The borehole logging went fairly well. Some issues, but none that couldn’t be addressed. The melt went interestingly – temperature readings from the thermocouple string gave “interesting” results … so much so, we decided to regroup back at camp (hence the warm dinner).
I’m positive there is a lesson in here somewhere … regarding science and the ever-evolving, inquisitive nature of experimentation. When one thing works, you go and go and go … and when one thing doesn’t, you stop, regroup, and try again. I believe I’m in the “try again” phase of things, and that’s great! Sure, it’d be easier if it worked out the first time … but where is the fun in that?
So, tomorrow (being Sunday, a day off for camp staff), we snowmobile interested folks to the GRIP site to extend the casing on the borehole. Our return (30km each way) will involve me daydreaming about melt, snowpit digging, and sampling. I’ve been told that a PhD is about persistence or perseverance (depends on who you talk to) … I can live with that. Tomorrow is a new day.