Thursday, June 2
The day started hot and sunny. Timmy was to be tied up all day with the CWPPRA group looking at Coles Bayou so Karen was on her own. Aster it became clear that the CWPPRA people were running late, Karen took the flat to the new worksite to scope out the containment strategy. It wasn’t long before a parade of airboats and crew boats streamed past for their marsh visit.
Karen used Paul’s canoe to access the pond and to inspect all planned containment placement. Then she tested the feasibility of using the canoe by installing the smallest of the containments. Sticks were carried over first and shoved into the mud, then 2 bundles of reeds were loaded into the canoe. Placement of the reeds required an out-of-canoe experience, and the two bundles were placed together, one on top of the other. By walking on them, they were compressed between the sticks and held down while baling twine was tied between the sets of posts to hold them in place. Containment number one complete!
By the time this was done, it was 11:00 and getting very hot, so Karen headed back to camp for computer work, lunch and the All Campaign call. Cell phone service was down for a while so she was late on the call.
Timmy finally dragged in around 3:30 soaking wet from sweat, but the CWPPRA visit done. Then he had to attend to airboat maintenance before he could shower. Karen assisted by cleaning the debris out of the hull while he was working on the wiring and mechanics.
About 4:00 Karen headed back over to the new area hoping it was cool enough to get some more done. She again took the canoe out and ran a string between the posts marking the second containment. It took a couple of trips back and forth to transport the tallow tree posts and get them pushed into the mud in the proper orientation and depth. She was done within an hour, but was shaky when she crawled out of the canoe and made it to the shade. The day was reported to be 102°. Bundle placement could wait until morning.