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🌵Wilderness Explorer⚱️Archaeology Student📚Wyatt’s Crazy Aunt 🐜

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I narrowly escaped impact with a high-speed downhill mountain biker today, but this little guy wasn’t so lucky.  #fencelizard #rip #slowthefuckdown
While my surface survey of a Colorado Desert bajada yielded some cool finds, the agave rings I thought might be roasting pits look more like a mix of bioturbation and erosion. They’ve changed substantially since my visit last year and their growth patterns are in line with the slope of the floodplain. I did happen upon some tiny potsherds and a sleeping circle that looks recently maintained, while soaking in a beautiful day wandering the desert with my sweetie. Good times.
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#surfacesurvey #archaeology #archaeologystudent #sandiegocitycollege #sandiegomesacollege #anthropologymajor #ifuckinglovethisshit #feildwork #letsdothiseveryday #hellablessed #coloradodesert #californiaarchaeology #kumeyaayland #kumeyaay #tipai
Fun day poking around in the desert with friends 🌵
Can we all just pause and appreciate that the Modoc People of Northern California created and used a stone tool that’s shaped like a cat head.😻
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#sandiegocitycollege #modocplateau #modoc #cats #stonetools #archaeology #archaeologystudent #catlady #shutupandtakemymoney #inlove #needafullset
This skeleton is about the same size as my nephew, Wyatt. The smaller one to the left is an infant, for scale. I know it’s macabre, but I couldn’t stop imagining the skeleton acting like Wyatt, running around the classroom singing, climbing on the furniture, pointing at other skeletons and saying “uh-oh!” All with a tiny ‘hot-wheels’ car in each hand. It was really quite an  endearing experience and helped me get thru the lab. Thanks tiny-human for your skeletal cast. Wyatt and you would have been best friends, I’m sure of it. 💗💀
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#mesacollegeanthropology #biologicalanthropology #skeleton #anthropologystudent #archaeology #sdccd
One of the perks of studying Native American culture in California is that it sometimes includes casinos! 😁 We were in the neighborhood for a seminar and stopped in to have breakfast. Josh put in $1 on a 2cent machine as we were leaving and won $25! Paid for our meal! 💵 .
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#winnerwinnerchickendinner #studyhardplaycheaply #anthropologylife #archaeologystudent #baronaindianreservation #ipai #kumeyaay
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m just loving this weather! The crisp air, smell of ozone and earth, dramatic skies...it’s just beautiful. 🌈
👎🎈🌵 only a few of today’s haul #balloonsblow
Today’s hike into the Tierra Blanca Mountains included a hard fall down a chute, contemplating rescue on a ledge, a shimmy across a crumbly 6in wide catwalk above a 25 foot drop - in the rain, using cholla as footholds to get down the mountain, and hitching a ride back to my truck with a nice Mexican man who spoke little English.🙏I broke my trekking pole, found a bunch of Native American stuff, got buzzed by border patrol via helicopter-twice, packed out 3 Mylar and 3 rubber balloons, saw a coyote, 3 jack rabbits a hawk, a turkey vulture and a chatty hummingbird. It was a good day in the desert 🌵💗
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#solohiking #deserthiking #chollahurts
I suppose if the weather is going to be as hot and dry as the desert, we deserve to be rewarded with desert style sunsets. 😍
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#nofilter
Josh didn’t bat an eye at me using D-Stretch to analyze crayon marks on the walls at Olive Garden. The other restaurant patrons however, were a bit puzzled. 😂 .
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#archaeologyislife #archaeologynerd #archaeology #archaeologystudent #dstretch #olivegarden #rockart #modernpictographs #anthropology #totalnerd
Happy New Year everyone! 2017 had its ups and downs but overall it was good for me. I’m looking forward to getting really healthy and strong in 2018. 💪#bestnine2017