Friday, March 12, 2010

An Upmost Toast to the West Seacoast


Welcome to the coastline of Oregon! We're located in a town called Manzanita along the NW portion of Oregon about an hour from the Washington Border. It's a quaint and small tourist town (population 785) and has everything we need within a couple blocks; coffee shops, a pub, a library, a few restaurants and shops. Oh, and did I mention an ocean? The spring here will be windy and rainy, but the temperatures are mild and we can't wait to start exploring the area.We'll be going out in the field in a few days and learning the ropes of surveying for Spotted Owls.



A view from the beach showing Neahkahnie Mountain in the backround. (A view from the top to come soon!)





Carrie's first Pacific Ocean encounter. Cold and extra great white sharky.



Enjoying the tide.



Excited to start surveying next week... Until then, checking out the new landscape, picking up work trucks and gathering a few pieces of furniture for our place.



Thursday, March 04, 2010

Oh the places we'll go....


The Adirondacks have treated us very well and we are on our way to the next adventure along the NW coast of Oregon. However, before we complete our 3,000 mile cross-country-venture to start surveying Spotted Owls, we thought we'd share some more pictures from this winter.....


Wintery Sunset. This was a winter full of snow for Ben and I, however as far as the Adirondacks go, it was a below average year for snowfall.




Using telemetry to triangulate the position of collared martens.







One of the collared martens so conveniently posed on a log after releasing him from a trap.




Elk Lake, a nearby study area with stunning views of the High Peaks.





Martens Martens Martens!





After the new year, snowmobiles were a daily necessity....of course, we had absolutely NO fun riding them around every day :)




Beautiful coat on a candid American Marten.



We made a trip into Boston to visit some friends and ended up making a few more at the Aquarium...


Hello.




A really neat display of jellies.... we spent hours gazing at them and taking pictures. A life size lava lamp.


video

Speaking of jelly.....in this video the marten is rewarded after time spent in the trap


“What is the feeling when you're driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? -it's the too huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies." - Jack Kerouac


See you in Oregon....



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