Search and Rescue Report
6/16/2004 to 6/20/2004
|Dateline: Wednesday June 16, 2004
We departed the Portland area mid afternoon, beginning the 6 1/2 hour journey to our central Oregon destination. Arriving about 11:30 PM at our mile high road cut bivouac, we set up camp cots by headlight and lantern. Some of our more stalwart members liked the headlamp idea so well they grabbed their rock hammers and searched the cut area adjacent to camp for ammonites. Guess they thought those fossils might get away while we slept! Low temp about 40 Deg. F.
Dateline: Thursday June 17, 2004 Snowshoe Formation - Crook Co. OR
As afternoon headed toward evening we returned to our campsite. Another couple of hours work provided a few small specimens. Our early evening entertainment was provided courtesy a rock cut tire, no spare tire lowering device or quite an appropriate tool to jury rig same. Memo: Beef up out back tool Kits! Observation: Out here in the high desert the Milky Way really takes up some sky! You can almost taste the pine sap in the smell. High about 85+ Deg F. Low temp about 50 Deg. F.
Dateline: Friday June 18, 2004 Snowshoe Formation - Crook Co. OR
We departed the Snowshoe Formation mid afternoon destined for Mitchell. OR and the Hudspeth Formation. En route we stopped at a diatomaceous formation just west of John Day. Set up base camp outside the Painted Hills unit. After a brief rest we went out to look around for a couple of hours before dark. Found a few small eroded specimens in a new locality. We retired too much needed R & R by fire: beefsteak, medicinal libations, and tomorrow's planning session beneath the Tick Tree completed the day. A misnomer, as no ticks were gained from this particular tree. Others? Oh well. High about 85+ Deg F. Low temp about 50 Deg. F
Dateline: Saturday June 19, 2004 Hudspeth Formation - Wheeler Co. OR
Hudspeth Hub Central: As we ventured up the hill we found recent footprints spaced about 10' to 20' apart extending laterally across the hills for our visible distance. As we achieved higher elevation we could see 2 vans about 1/2 to 3/4 mile away. We decided we had been out- fossiled for the day. After looking about and finding a few small specimens, we returned to our rigs to be passed a few minutes later by 3 white vans transporting est. 25 to 39 professors and students from Corvallis (we later found out) Right on Beaver Paleo dudes and ladies!
John Day Formation - Bridge Creek Flora - Wheeler Co. OR
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