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> July 30, 2006 - A Tour of Toolik, Home away from home
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July 30, 2006 A Tour of Toolik
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Day 7 of the Pluck, Still Plucking—Half a Day Off!!

Today is the 7th day of the pluck! We have ten more samples to complete tomorrow—we have all agreed to do one sample today.

So, since I have half a day off, I decided to give a tour of Toolik! When you first arrive at Toolik Field Station, the first thing that you see is this welcome sign.

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People come and go a lot here. The normal stay is about two weeks. It is hard to learn who people are, so a welcome board is set up in the dining hall. Pictures are snapped of all of the new arrivals and placed on the board.

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Can you find me?

All of the labs are portable or temporary building

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Labs 3 and 4

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Notice the Brooks Mountain Range in the background

This is Lab 2 where we are still plucking!

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The nice thing about working in Lab 2 is that when you take a break, this is what you see out back.

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View from back of Lab 2. Wish I had this view from my everyday job.

The dining hall is the main meeting area and the place for the best food I have ever had. They serve three meals a day, have leftovers in the frig, snacks, candy, cokes, juices, cereals, and desserts 24 hours a day. Many people gain the “Toolik Ten” pounds while they are here.

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If it is a nice day outside and the misquetos are not out you can choose to eat out on the deck!

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Toolik has a great supply of water, but disposing of the waste water is a different story. It cost $.75 per gallon to have the gray water shipped for treatment. A resident is allowed two showers a week for only 2 minutes at a time. The restroom facilities are called the Towers.

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At Toolik you can be assigned to Cottongrass dorms, a WeatherPort tent, or live in tent city.

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The most wonderful thing at Toolik is the sauna. Yes, a sauna!

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With all of the time at Toolik, people need recreation time too.

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I wanted to end my tour of Toolik with showing my roommate Amanda. She has been great because most of the time I work late at the lab and try to quietly come into the room. She has never complained. Thanks Amanda!

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