Where in the hell am I?

February 26, 2008


Filed under: fatigue, waders, wet feet — John @ 2:38 am

I’ve been working 10-11 hour days on this monitoring project, and I’m starting to get worn out. My knee waders do a great job of keeping my feet from getting wet, but they’re not comfortable for walking 2-3 miles a day. It’s also really hard to walk through water and muck, even if you’re not getting wet. I’ve also been carrying water and lunch and a small wooden screen everywhere. At least I haven’t had to carry my shovel or dig a hole.
Tomorrow, the area I’m supposed to be in is apparently under almost 2 feet of water. The driller recommended bringing hip waders. My options in this area are limited, and ultimately I determined that I would have to drive 30 minutes to Bass Pro Shop and spend $60 plus tax. I decided I was too tired and that it wasn’t worth it for something I will almost never use. My plan is to put plastic bags over my socks, then my knee waders, then my snakeguards and hope that forms a pretty watertight seal. If not, well, it’s not like I wasn’t completely soaked through several days already.
More pictures tomorrow…if I make it.



  1. Careful…I actually got “trench foot” doing survey for sesmic-prospecting in very similar circumstances back in 1995…very painful.

    Comment by Jamie Brandon — February 27, 2008 @ 12:13 am

  2. Actually, one of the drill crew got some kind of foot fungus and had to miss a day of work and go to the doctor last week.

    Comment by jlowe — February 27, 2008 @ 2:27 am

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