The other bit of excitement in the last few days is our guests. The VIPs have arrived! It’s a smaller contingent than in years past, but still has the ability to turn camp upside and give it a little shake. We spent a good deal of Monday cleaning up camp (but honestly, we’re camping, aren’t we supposed to be dirty?). The VIPs arrived yesterday, about twenty minutes before the hail began to fall. We blame them for bringing the weather from Virginia. Our VIPs this year are the Project Manager, her boss, and the Vice President of the Environmental portion of GMI. Ann, Chris, and I have been busting our butts and burning the midnight oil and all that jazz to get a presentation ready for them. Due to problems with computers, software, and Mother Nature, we ended up giving them a scaled-down version of our original elaborate plan. They seemed quite impressed. :)
And now, I get a few days off. I’m headed to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival tomorrow morning. A few carloads people from camp have left already and I’ll be meeting up with them tomorrow night. Of course, I haven’t been entirely without vacation out here, I managed to get a full week off at the end of May to go home. It was wonderful to be home and to relax. However, the work that had piled up the week I was gone took another week to catch up on when I got back. I guess that just means I’m needed out here. :)I took a trip down the road to the Negrito Fire Tower (not in use) the other night to check out the nearby forest fires (not that nearby though). Beautiful sunset and even better moon rise. I could see the embers glowing in the distance. None of the forest fires are close to our camp or even in our study area, which is quite large. We’re keeping a constant vigil on the radios though to listen for any new developments. Our owls are doing well. Lots of owlets and a total of seventeen nests! We’ve lost a few owlets and a few nests too, but we still have so many. The nest count this year is more than we’ve had in the past three years combined! :)
I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the start of summer.
Love and sunshine,
P.S. The new Harry Potter comes out on Saturday!!