Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Today was spent arduously pouring over literature to get some background information on, and gather ideas for, a gravel augmentation project Ian would like to start on. The Applegate Dam is a total fish barrier, meaning that when salmon and steelhead return from the ocean, the dam is as far as they go. So, these fish must either spawn before the dam or at the dam (right below it). And some fish do try to spawn right there at the dam, however, the gravel is not really suited for successful spawning. The project would basically either just add suitable gravel or remove the crap gravel and add suitable gravel. However, there are a lot of variables to take into consideration, so the digging through arcane texts (past experiments and methods) wasn't quite as boring as I had anticipated.

All day I was shaking in my boots, nervously awaiting my driving exams. They were horrendous. Horrendously easy, that is. My examiner, John (previously mentioned), was awesome. I knew it wouldn't be too bad when John was preparing in his office, blaring Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix. I was instantly relaxed.

It rained today. The mix of rain and sun was beautiful. The sun was shining at just the right angle so that you could make out every raindrop and revel in their perfectness as the light reflected off, sending sparks dancing in daylight.

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