[meteorite-list] Hello from the field

From: Richard Montgomery <rickmont_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:27:23 -0700
Message-ID: <8181A2F1331B46C7974262B645551E08_at_bosoheadPC>

Fellow strewn-field hunters and List,

Like Edwin, I've been on the lower Cronan Ranch well over 30 days, and his
comments accurately echo my own adventures....oddly, the same critter counts
for me (excepting the cats)...and not a single rattlesnake yet, but one
Kingsnake. There are PLENTY of large shed-skins here and there scattered
across the dry grasses and rocky outcrops....exactly where one would expect
to find the Crotalis. I use two hiking sticks (no magnets) and have
attached a small camel-bell to the base of each...perhaps a little warning
system for close-by snakes, who knows....and a must are the snake gaiters.

As with ET, I'm done by mid-day, not only because of the heat, but my
ligament-less legs allow 4-6 hours in the steep drying grass, and beneath
the oaks. The ground beneath the oaks is by far the best ground to search,
providing poison oak, ticks and shade...and yet no stone for me.

I live close to the area (an hour away), and have been biking into the areas
saving the miles into and out of the area for my legs. As I write, I'm
preparing to head out, once again...and each step might show me a stone!

Richard Montgomery

----- Original Message -----
From: "Edwin Thompson" <etmeteorites at hotmail.com>
To: <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:10 PM
Subject: [meteorite-list] Hello from the field

> Hello list members,
> It is getting hot in Coloma! Thirty four days in the area and not one
> meteorite have I found. Have been investing most of the time in what
> should be the large end of the strewn field. Thirty four days and I have
> yet to see a rattlesnake. I enjoy snakes so this is a huge disappointment.
> I bought a go-pro camera just so I can video a snake in the wild. They
> have caught over twenty baby rattlesnakes by the river in the campground
> where I am staying but I haven't seen any of those either. Lots of
> turkeys, lizards, coyotes, foxes, toads and bullfrogs. A few bobcats but
> no cougars yet. Did get to see a huge king snake but I hadn't figured out
> how to use the camera yet. It was good hunting weather this past week but
> is getting hot again. Hot days I only hunt until 1pm. Am getting about 7
> to 8 hours a day out hiking. Am meeting lots of great people here and have
> looked at a lot of very nice stones. a number of stones are being found by
> locals on there own land. The more people talk t
> he more I learn about how many stones are not being documented. I got to
> identify Sammy's 27.5 gram stone a few days ago. She was quite tickled
> when I told her she had the real thing. I would love to find a few of
> these little gems but feel that the time is better spent trying to find
> the 'big one'. Regardless of the heat, ticks, poison oak, star thistle,
> cockleburs, mosquitoes and invisible rattlesnakes for which I come
> prepared with snake stick, camera and gaiters, it is a blast to be back in
> the field. Last years back surgery really did the trick and now am able to
> walk pain free from sun up to sundown. When I finally find a stone I will
> post a picture. For now it's just great to be out in the sun. Still
> raining in Oregon.
> Cheers,
> Edwin
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Received on Wed 27 Jun 2012 08:27:23 AM PDT

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