Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm Back!!!

It is good to be home. It is amazing what a good night’s rest does to ones perspective. I started my post trip posting last night and wow it was so gloomy. Today as I have discussed my trip with folks in the office it sounds like a totally different trip. So I rewrote it.

I set my machine up, removed the sample in time for the tech to install the new bore plug and I was back in the room by midnight. No Biggie!! But this was a trip of highs and lows. As I mentioned last post the trip out weren’t that great, but Tuesday dinner was good and it was great to spend some relaxed time with the guys.

Sure, the cut took a long time and we had to replace the drive shaft 4 times. My heart stopped beating every time it made a weird sound but in the long run I got the sample we needed.

The Turbine, About 24 ft long.



The Sampler



We made it work on the worst case possible bore size, 12 feet up inside a 3 inch hole.

The Hole




What I dreaded happened but due to some creative planning inspired by the tech working with me we got it done and now I have that nice feeling of accomplishment. I’d dance but that aint pretty.

Thursday morn when we flew out, the tech, which travels A LOT, hooked me up with a first class upgrade.

Turns out to have been a great trip plus on the drive into the jobsite I did see the famous Arch off in the distance.



NO!!! not that one.

This one!!



Thank goodness for that good night’s sleep.

11 comments:

Julianna said...

I have a friend that does core drilling...

He hates being out in the field, simply because of all the things that can go wrong.

I always find, that any trip is best recalled after it's been fully "digested".

;)

Simply Suthern said...

It does taste better today than earlier for sure.

I like going into the field once in a while. The machines do cause headaches sometimes. I can fix most issues but the real issue is time.

bunny said...

Sorry dude...you lost me with all the high tech talk. What I'm really interested in....what did you and the buddies talk about at dinner. Did you overhear anything good?....lol Glad you had a successful trip...distance arches and all.

bunny

Simply Suthern said...

This an attempt to clear up what I was doing while there.

Think colonoscopy. We looked up the bore, found an area of interest and performed a biopsy.

Donna said...

I love that you love what you do. And I love the high tech pictures, even I don't have a clue what they do...who cares? It's so cool!

Not So Simply Single said...

Welcome home!

Hope you had a nice weekend!

Lisa

Karen said...

Glad you make it back in one piece!

Simply Suthern said...

Thank y'all. It was a nice trip. Just wish I would have had an opportunity to see something besides the south end of that turbine.

This weekend was nice and windy. Tornados tore a bunch of stuff up around the state. I just sat and did my inlaws taxes. Nothing like waiting till the last minute.

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Glad you put everything into perspective with a good night's sleep. Naps do wonders for me...

Sandra said...

That last picture of the arch in the night time city lights is gorgeous!

Mrsblogalot said...

I'm still waiting for the dancing.