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    That is so, so awesome, Forest Wind. I am in real admiration of your minimalism and ability to travel light! What a dream!

    The country I'm working in right now doesn't offer much for foraging, at least this time of year. This upcoming week will be my last week working in this sage-steppe area. I'll be in a cabin, too, which is pure luxury. Usually when I've been working in this region, I've been camping or sleeping in my field vehicle. I was so grateful for the car last week. It was terribly windy, not fun for sleeping in a tent.

    We worked a few REALLY long days last week and have to return to execute our game plan this week.

    Here was where I slept the first night. Really nice overview of the fossil-filled national land nearby. Dusky sunset colors that night.

    Here was where we slept the second night, a lot more in the open. Awful wind. I've had ossicles in my ear knocked loose in wind like this before, and had vertigo for two weeks, so I'm not thrilled to spend more time than necessary in it.

    Here was the next dawn.

    Sometimes you find things like dead sheep in this country. I found one with a nicely intact skull I'm cleaning now. Two years ago not too far from there I found a horse!

    And here's a cute tiny rattlesnake we saw. The prairie dog burrows in this area also very frequently have big, shiny black widow spiders in them.

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    Looks gorgeous, Kiso. How warm is it in the area?

    These are about a year old, but I've not shared them before here--so here are a few images I took when I was working in the Sonoran Desert:

    Washes:
    https://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/file/381.jpg
    https://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/file/694.jpg

    Mountains:
    https://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/file/2704.jpg
    https://citrakayah.dreamwidth.org/file/2074.jpg

    I was not a light packer in those times--we used a truck to haul gear (and ourselves), so people ended up taking multiple bags. Your ability to pack so lightly is really impressive, Forest Wind.
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    Can't access any of those links. I'm guessing only people with access on Dreamwidth can?

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    My normal browser also couldn't open them, but TOR browser could)

    Very interesting to see different biomes. I never was in the desert.

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    Yeah, that's probably the case, TopBrass. Thought I'd set them to public access, but it's possible I messed it up. Regardless, I've attached them.

    Working in Arizona was a real pleasure. I love how rocky it is, and how the plant life tends to be scattered. Makes traveling through it pretty easy, and meant I never once got a single tick. It's actually surprisingly cold at times, even down south--we got about an inch of snow, which was quite interesting to see on the saguaros (don't have pictures of that unfortunately), and the truck's windshield was frequently frosted over.
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    That looks incredible!

    I've heard Arizona gets insanely hot. Should probably add that on my weather feed on my phone. For the sake of curiosity, I put Riyadh on my feed years ago and it's always fun to see what the weather is like there.

    From what I understand deserts have both extremes. At night, they can get extremely cold. Not in Arabia though, the nights are merely "sweltering hot" as opposed to scorching, stroke inducing hot! Usually at least. The coldest I've seen it get in Riyadh at night is in the 70's fahrenheit, but I never monitored it religiously.

    Saguaros are great. Your pictures actually remind me of a place in the Dominican Republic.

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    Yeah, they do. I was there during winter, but even so it would get into... oh, the high 70s, maybe low 80s in the day, and drop to below freezing at night.
    "If you are worthy of his affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave. He keeps his free will though he loves, and will not do for you what he thinks unreasonable; but if he once gives himself to you, it is with absolute confidence and fidelity of affection." -Theophile Gautier

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    This small adventure was in the spring, 2018. A final test of my catamaran and it's ability to move upstream on the small forest rivers. My old therian friend from really far away joined me for this trip.

    There is a big lake / water reservoir nearby, 12 km (7.4 mi) wide and 80 km (50 mi) in length - with good winds and waves, feels almost like a sea. And there is a nice river flowing in from the north, which we wanted to climb upstream. Very good and wild forests there. Total distance in both directions was about 360 km (224 mi), and all trip takes us 10 days.


    As usual, everything starts with assembling the catamaran.
    https://sun9-63.userapi.com/c840429/...eGHUwsUbxI.jpg

    There was no wind after we finally set sails, absolutely calm. Water like a mirror.
    https://sun9-42.userapi.com/c840429/...q23uTMOVm8.jpg

    This black dots - are not a dirt on the camera, it's a huge cloud of mosquitoes!
    https://sun9-67.userapi.com/c840429/...UPiOmUZe2o.jpg

    And on the video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mHG...lUUAC&index=11

    But they are absolutely harmless. This species can't bite, and there was no usual mosquitoes at night. Beautiful mosquito sunset X) :
    https://sun9-3.userapi.com/c840429/v...V6vtpXCjCY.jpg
    https://sun9-18.userapi.com/c840429/...ecowhF6oR8.jpg
    https://sun9-72.userapi.com/c840429/...vl0S3gMS6c.jpg

    On the second day we decide to rest on the nice forest cape, somewhere near the middle part of the lake. There were thunderstorms going around, and this place was covered from the wind and waves, and was very cosy.

    My friend on the front deck:
    https://sun9-27.userapi.com/c834101/...dQpqKmBzIs.jpg
    https://sun9-72.userapi.com/c834101/...1hv57oPAm8.jpg

    Thunderstorm and after it:
    https://sun9-51.userapi.com/c834101/...PekLwtbN8c.jpg
    https://sun9-19.userapi.com/c834101/...7Qk8Yyef7M.jpg

    Next night we spend on the islands in further part of the lake. I wanted to scout them for a long time.
    https://sun9-57.userapi.com/c834101/...YNvLscdalk.jpg
    https://sun9-23.userapi.com/c834101/...eppFZI5hC8.jpg

    Beautiful sunny forest:
    https://sun9-16.userapi.com/c844723/...7onTM8u4CA.jpg
    https://sun9-41.userapi.com/c844723/...uwvK8IgiJE.jpg
    https://sun9-20.userapi.com/c844723/...qCcWrDGzig.jpg

    Wild shores where northern taiga comes close to the lake. Reminded me the shores of the north.
    https://sun9-66.userapi.com/c844723/...Qrq_E8NC6s.jpg
    https://sun9-45.userapi.com/c844723/...jyjGrvsn8s.jpg
    https://sun9-43.userapi.com/c844723/...zGmlSCWEOU.jpg
    https://sun9-49.userapi.com/c844723/...58ueaNxESI.jpg

    Moving on:
    https://sun9-13.userapi.com/c844723/...67ZWgxwJuI.jpg

    Old wooden boat and my ship:
    https://sun9-34.userapi.com/c844723/...D3X-RZOM8k.jpg

    From the far away:
    https://sun9-48.userapi.com/c844723/...s52fEVVU8A.jpg

    Those white dots on the island are gulls:
    https://sun9-3.userapi.com/c846219/v...GefKfLpPoE.jpg

    Small island:
    https://sun9-37.userapi.com/c846219/...IGQD5yEhtU.jpg

    Bright spring colours:
    https://sun9-33.userapi.com/c846219/...IhtMK_tgjg.jpg
    https://sun9-45.userapi.com/c846219/...VIuDDfyguM.jpg
    https://sun9-66.userapi.com/c846219/...z9uILJrtdA.jpg

    Waves of light on video (I wish I used tripod here):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQNt...lUUAC&index=12

    Sunset and dusk:
    https://sun9-12.userapi.com/c846219/...bKn20m95OQ.jpg
    https://sun9-32.userapi.com/c846219/...IkdkTcOCfY.jpg

    Evening campfire:
    https://sun9-39.userapi.com/c846219/...7j9Yh_9Ojs.jpg

    That bright dot in the sky is Venus:
    https://sun9-16.userapi.com/c846219/...2gQfahUD80.jpg
    https://sun9-39.userapi.com/c846219/...Vqc7wJWOHI.jpg

    Morning fog under the river and birdy looking for prey from the tree:
    https://sun9-38.userapi.com/c846219/...vgCP6l6JC0.jpg
    https://sun9-56.userapi.com/c846219/...2A34ldn8Hc.jpg
    https://sun9-45.userapi.com/c846219/...oE5Nj5mIGg.jpg

    And on video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFp5...lUUAC&index=13

    Moving upstream:
    https://sun9-20.userapi.com/c846219/...4Zed_7vjZY.jpg

    One more burning sunset:
    https://sun9-25.userapi.com/c846219/...lz7QDBb5XM.jpg
    https://sun9-53.userapi.com/c846219/...dkkfMxaLxM.jpg

    Almost there - climbing upstream a small river:
    https://sun9-67.userapi.com/c824504/...tiwfh6pwaU.jpg

    Finally, we got there:
    https://sun9-4.userapi.com/c824504/v...ZXoqowJFes.jpg
    https://sun9-38.userapi.com/c824504/...BTlGK6FkAc.jpg
    https://sun9-9.userapi.com/c824504/v...MJ0-2uImfU.jpg

    Near the place of our camp:
    https://sun9-37.userapi.com/c824504/...zTMZfbj-is.jpg
    https://sun9-29.userapi.com/c824504/...sM2tcbJnS8.jpg
    https://sun9-41.userapi.com/c824504/...879Xl5F424.jpg
    https://sun9-57.userapi.com/c824204/...3tWc5zgm6Q.jpg
    https://sun9-6.userapi.com/c824204/v...aWI2rGpPgc.jpg
    https://sun9-36.userapi.com/c824204/...YUJVkUSm6I.jpg

    The camp itself:
    https://sun9-43.userapi.com/c824504/...Io-nS27M7U.jpg

    Clouds and sound of campfire, video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbOE...lUUAC&index=14

    Usual lizards:
    https://sun9-43.userapi.com/c824204/...9xkVfwziXs.jpg

    We left our camp and made a small hike on foot to scout this river further upstream. Nice clean sand beaches.
    https://sun9-15.userapi.com/c824204/...g7ZYj4lFNI.jpg

    Bear footprint:
    https://sun9-2.userapi.com/c824204/v...NfT4WMu3Co.jpg

    Places there are pretty wild. Wolves, lynxes, bears and all normal forest fauna. Next year I scouted this river on foot all along it's way) And this was only a first look.
    https://sun9-60.userapi.com/c824204/...da5LKp7F7g.jpg

    After a day of rest we set sails back. Moving down the stream is way faster. Also there were good winds.
    https://sun9-38.userapi.com/c824204/...W1f75K5MN8.jpg
    https://sun9-54.userapi.com/c824204/...C3NqunINzM.jpg

    Another sunset. The next day was even more windy:
    https://sun9-60.userapi.com/c824204/...jsJ9EQAJT8.jpg

    Waves on the way back:
    https://sun9-11.userapi.com/c824204/...KQHHiVZWag.jpg

    The winds were quite strong in the last two days. This video actually was made there:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk4D...-DfVm8&index=9

    In the last day of our trip wind speed was up to 16 m/s, and waves more than a meter in height. It was very fast, very wet and quite funny. Good test of structural strength of the ship which it passed nicely. However there was no opportunity to make photos or videos, because of concentration needed.

    There were amazing feelings. Couple of times unusually large waves drops up to a 30 centimetres (1 ft) of water over the deck, and the next second it all was blown away by the wind, in a big cloud of mist and tiny droplets... We almost fly in the harbour in the end)

    So, it was pretty interesting adventure)


    Last photo - beautiful forest on the cape, the day before final part of the trip:
    https://sun9-12.userapi.com/c824204/...Vb-AQrlzuM.jpg
    Last edited by Forest Wind; June 14th, 2020 at 08:16 PM.

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