Friday, November 12, 2004

travel plans

Rainy Daydreams

Continuing on my travel focus, I don't know if the Crazy Train plan is going to work out. Monies are tight again. I ordered, or thought I ordered, powder form EDTA. But since the purchasing guy won't order from my recommended supplier, and won't then research the appropriate replacement product, I got 0.1M EDTA solution, when I was trying to order reagent-grade powder. How am I supposed to standardize now? Crap. I just hope all the other materials I ordered aren't screwed up. All I know is, I wish the purchasing guy would not make me do his job. It's obvious I fuck it up. Either that, or maybe he could just order from the supplier I want to order from in the first place. So instead of going through this again, I'm going to order what I want directly from my supplier and get reimbursed later. Trying to wrap up this manual has me dreaming of soaking in hot tubs in the snow, trekking through lush tropical forests, mountain biking across bizarrely-shaped rock formations, and contemplating my proposed 30th birthday trip.

Birthdays never quite live up to their expectations. I don't want to be disappointed in my 30th birthday. Rather than be disappointed by who can't make it to whatever bash I put together, I'm striking out on my own. I've always wanted to go to South America, Venezuela in particular, to the tepuis, or tabletop mountains. An excerpt from the first web site:
    While no giant dinosaurs have (yet!) been found, the summit's of the tepuis, isolated for millions of years, are a fascinating place to study the evolution of plants. Of the 2,000 species that have been found, a staggering 50% are endemic to this region, and many are only found on one peak. The clouds that almost permanently engulf the summits have led to them being called a 'rain desert', as the washing action of the rain coupled with high levels of radiation from the sun mean that plants have had to develop unusual mechanisms to survive. This is the only place, for example, where carnivorous bromeliads have been found. It is also one of the few remaining places on earth where 100% of the species are native (compare the British Isles where 30% have been introduced), offering unrivalled opportunities for study. Today the most serious threat comes from the interference of Man, and particularly as Roraima is one of the few peaks that are scaleable without specialist equipment, we must all be aware of the genetic treasure that it is our responsibility to protect.

I have always been absolutely fascinated with isolated places with 100% indigenous species. There are these caves in Santa Cruz that have bats that live only there. I want to find them someday.

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