Death Valley & Working in the Snow

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October 25th 2009
Published: October 25th 2009
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Leaving the cabin for Death Valley
Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well back in the UK. I've been busy and therefore haven't written a blog in a while... Sorry to keep you all hanging!

We've had all extremes of weather here. A couple of weeks ago I worked in a day of rain, it was just like England, didn't stop all day! We have also had a lot of snow at the cabin then to top that off last weekend I was in intense heat at Death Valley. It was about 40c, over 100f.

Death Valley was great fun, very dry and hot so I ditched my tent and slept under the stars. They also had an astronomy event there which meant we got to use telescopes and look at Jupiter and many constellations. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of any of them. But it was great to see all the stars including lots of shooting stars. After Death Valley we travelled further North and saw a big canyon before ending up in a place called... well I can't actually remember but there were hot springs. Oh it was called Furnace Creek.

This week at work we have been based back in Tahoe. Monday and Tuesday we had more snow which was great fun to work in. Many snowballs were thrown and snowmen built. On Wednesday we then moved to a beach on the lake to build a boardwalk. It was really warm and a beautiful place to work. As I had my lunch on the beach I thought of you all sat in your offices! I got to use some power tools which was exciting, particularly when ripping up the old, rotting wood from the old boardwalk.

I haven't seen much wildlife over the past couple of weeks though there were coyotes in Death Valley and a couple of deers in Tahoe. The rest of my crew saw a tarantula but I was working in Reno at the time due to my back injury, which by the way is completely better now.

Next weekend we have one of the biggest celebrations in America, Halloween. Our plan is to watch the football, Wolf Pack vs Hawaii then find a house party. My time here is coming to an end which is sad as I have met so many great people and seen so many amazing things but it will be
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On the way the Death Valley we stopped at an old deserted town. People up and left during the gold mining period... I think
nice to come home and see everyone again.

Enjoy the photos, I have more on Facebook.

Take care x

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I think this is 1900ft below sea level

Me, Emma and Susanna at Ubehebe Crater

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