Home Again

I got back mid-day from Pine Creek and have been abed for much of that time. It is time to retire an old friend, my North Face Cats Meow sleeping bag. After 29 years and a dozen cleanings (good grief, it’s almost historic!) it is now a faint shade of its former 20º rating. Plus someone’s girth has increased, making things a tight fit. I froze even wearing all the clothes I had — shorts and t-shirts only take you so far.

Pine Creek is a beautiful campground with the creek running right through the middle. We saw deer, a fox and plenty of birds. And there is this pool in the creek aways up the Pine Creek Trail that has trout written all over it… 🙂

A Big Day in the History of Archaeology

Andrew Hemmings — a professional archaeologist [working on the Gault project] at U Texas — writes on the ARCH-L list:

I think I am the first to note in print that both events happened on the same day: August 29, 1927 is the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the 1st Pecos conference at A. V. Kidders camp AND it is the 80th anniversary of Carl Schwachheim finding the first in-situ Folsom point with the bison at Folsom, New Mexico. Numerous authors have noted that A. V. Kidder and Frank H. H. Roberts had to wait for the Pecos Conference to end before heading to Folsom to verify the finds (with Barnum Brown too). (…)

So, Tell your friends! Drink a toast! Today is a very big day to remember in the history of American, nay, World, archaeology!

links for 2007-08-14

Temporary Relocation and Hiatus

OK, it’s a vacation. Saturday we are heading to San Diego for some overdue R&R and associated heat avoidance –probably– through next Saturday. The primary thing we have planned is a surf camp for autistic kids on Wednesday.

In addition, there will be Sea World (Ian wants to get splashed by Shamu), the Zoo and Wild Animal Park, LEGOLand, the Museum of Man and doubtless other things. Any suggestions for things to do or not miss?

I’m not sure that the cats will miss us at all since Dr. Liz and her crew will be taking care of them. It’s rough being a cat around here.