Thursday, October 09, 2008

Stuck

So, I came up to our field office in Vernal, UT this week for a seminar with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Flew up Tuesday evening, seminar until 3:00 on Wednesday. Our head engineer drove us up to Flaming Gorge in Ashley National Park on Wednesday afternoon. It was beautiful and I got lots of good photos, but (again) blogger is being persnickity, so no photos for you yet.

Today, there was another meeting with the BLM, but I didn't really need to go, so I stayed at the office here and worked. We were supposed to leave after lunch today to head back home.

However, our plane has been over in Grand Junction getting a few minor things fixed. Well, in the inspections somehow it was discovered that something else needed to be done - but the part wouldn't be in until tomorrow!

So, we are stuck. Thankfully, we were able to get hotel rooms for tonight (Vernal is hopping with the oil and gas business right now and it is very difficult to procure hotel rooms --- especially when you need 6 of them!). And then we had quite a bit of free time this afternoon.

So, what do you do? Go fly fishing! We were able to borrow rods and lures from a friend who owns the fly shop here in town, bought our day license and away we went. I didn't catch a thing, but it was fun to practice casting. A front was blowing through, so it was chilly and off and on rainy - plus the river moves faster than the last river I fly fished in. One of our guys did catch 4 trout (catch and release), but he was the only one. It was a fun few hours - driving down over the Flaming Gorge dam to the bottom part of the Green River. After a late dinner, we finally made it back to the hotel about 10 pm.

Thankfully, I think we are going to be able to sleep in a little in the morning and then just kill time waiting for the plane to get here. Pray that the weather holds off until later tomorrow (snow is predicted here this weeked) and that the plane maintenance is completed quickly with no issues so that we can get back home!!



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