|Clearly Charlie Brown and the gang did not prepare for this rainstorm....(Peanuts by Charles Schulz)(www.sln.org.uk)|
|My field area for this summer. All of my sample sites have been mapped and added into a GPS as well as all possible trails within the watershed. Hopefully this will make getting around and sampling much easier.|
|Oops! Notice the cracks and chips along the bottom. (Photo: Ian Clark)|
So far I have spouted lots of doom and gloom and it is easy to get discouraged and adopt a bad attitude towards field work, especially when things go badly. Obviously this is the last thing you should do since the only way to solve problems is to remain clear headed and positive. This leads me to my third and final tenet of field work: have fun. Field work is fun, so enjoy it. Getting outside and going cool places in order to further scientific knowledge is a pretty rare opportunity that very few people get to experience, so don't waste it by getting depressed. The only way to be successful at field work and rise above its trials, learn from them and enjoy being out there!
|Me enjoying some permafrost drilling by a retrogressive thaw slump in Fort McPherson, NWT. (Photo: Laura Malone)|