Saturday, May 20, 2017
Many of the sea birds from this week are migratory, and I found myself pleased to point out Parasitic Jaegers and Long Tailed ducks as we cruised around the passageways. They both have long tails and are only found here in the early springtime. We passed by a Common Loon and I got a close-up snapshot as well.
On the first day of the trip a few guests approached me and asked for Arctic Terns, and on the last day of the trip, at Dawes Glacier, they appeared out of the sky for our viewing pleasure. As a bonus, we got to see some Black Oystercatchers as well. The trip closed as an unbelievable success for birds, albeit unexpected.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
In driving past Salt Lake City, I noticed that the hills around there have some steps in them, evidence of former higher water levels, and the Wikipedia page talks about how it was much much bigger long ago. So the area around there is drying out, and has been for a while.
The doorways are really short, about 4 ft tall in most places, and it baffled me because they used these buildings for ceremonial reasons mostly (according to the signs) and I would figure you would want to have high doorways for a church. Also, the way they built, with the wooden beams for archways, is easier if you have less sitting on the wood, so higher doorways would be better. The rooms are standing height.