Yup, that’s right. Best. Business trip. Ever. If you need any other reason to get involved in conservation, restoration, or other related natural resources fields, look no further. You get to backpack while you work. For the past week, I went out into the backcountry to do some surveying in areas that are hard to reach when you have a daily commute. Although it didn’t snow like it did last week, the temperatures reached 27°! Myself and one other went out into the 74% of the park that is designated wilderness and were able to cover a lot of previously unsurveyed ground. Opportunities such as this one serve as a constant reminder of how grateful I am to be working in this field.
On Tuesday, the 19th of September, it snowed. I remember waking up and feeling a difference in the air- a crispness that only comes with snow. And, lo and behold, the snow came. Less than two months after the park road had officially opened it was closed once more. It has been so fascinating seeing how quickly things change here in Lassen. When I first arrived, there was too much snow for me to reach my survey plots. With haste the snow melted to reveal corn lily’s, mule’s ears, lupines, and innumerable ponds and lakes. Too quickly, it seems, the plants senesced, and a few days before the first day of Fall, came Winter.