Hey guys!

I just wanted to let y’all know that my posting rate is about to drop off a cliff, since I will be living in a tent for the next five weeks. I will be an expedition leader for the university natural history museum expedition, which is an archaeology camp for students going into grades 7-12. This is a program I got involved with quite accidentally about two years ago through my connection with one of my instructors, and I really enjoyed it last time, so I thought I’d give it another go! The staff are all wonderful, the food is good, and the tents are (mostly) waterproof, and I can’t ask for much better than that.

This year we will be digging up artifacts from Alabama’s first territorial capital, a city that was the same size as New Orleans back in 1817 or so, but no longer even exists. The archaeologists tell us it’s a promising dig so far, producing a lot of artifacts, which always helps the kids have more fun.

Anyway, we just finished packing the trailers full of equipment, and we will be rolling out in the morning. I’ve downloaded the WordPress app on my phone, so hopefully I’ll be able to post at least occasionally, but free time is scarce, and internet connection even scarcer.

After the program ends in early July, I will be back to being unemployed, and the lease is up on my apartment at the end of that month so I guess I’ll be moving back in with my parents until I can find employment. I’ve had several interviews for conservation corps jobs out west, and actually got a job offer in Utah, but it’s only a 12 week job so I’m hoping I can find something better before the decision deadline in a few weeks. The one I really want will call me back for a second interview (if I make it past the first round of reviews) in the first week of July, which is after the Utah decision deadline, so that leaves me in a bit of a pickle. I’m told I should accept the Utah job and then tell them I can’t do it if something better comes along, but that sort of dishonesty leaves a bad taste in my mouth, even if it happens all the time in the professional world.

The potential lab job in Columbus never came to fruition, so that leaves my July open to work on job applications full time I guess. I just love entering my resume field by field, then attaching my resume just for redundancy’s sake (eye roll).

Anyway, just thought I’d let y’all know what’s happening in my neck of the woods! I’ll try to get some pictures up here of the camp and the dig site, but again, that’s gonna depend on internet connection.