Susun & John's Straw Bale House beside Montezuma Well National Monument in Rimrock, Arizona
Thursday, July 29, 2010
We have spent a LOT of time this week getting feng shui with all of the data devices we need to carry on the Salmon River. You can see 3 of them here. The little waterproof Pelican box that's tucked into the lifejacket's strap carries a Sony digital voice recorder. It's connected to a lapel mic that you can see on the top left of my life jacket (your right as viewing the photo). The new waterproof Fuji XP camera hangs on a lanyard next to the Magellan Triton 400 GPS unit. Inside the lifejacket pocket is a new stylus for the BLM's Trimble Juno. The Juno device costs $1500 (not a typo) and it scares the heck out of me to carry it on the river. It is not waterproof and its onboard stylus is just about the easiest thing to drop and lose I've ever seen. So, I made a new stylus out of a chopstick and it's carabinered onto the lifejacket. Meanwhile, we've worked with the BLM's GIS cartographer and we now have a way to "Stay Safe" with the Juno. We're finally comfortable with having all of these data devices readily available and functional. (NOTE: If all else fails, we have a gubmint issue ink pen and an original "Write In The Rain" waterproof field ntoebook.)
Yesterday, we completed a Google Map of the Cottonwood-Colston stretch of river. You can click here to see it. Each of the push pins on the map have at least some narrative. Some points have photos and links. Check it out. Gotta run--already behind again today.