I surveyed that
Had a call for a survey last evening where I started to brag. Shouldn't do that I suppose, but it both comforts the client and gives them the impression they may get a discount on the cost.
"Yes, i know right where you are talking about. Jean Allen (an old bachelor) lived there for years in that rock house. I should have good control anywhere in your section as I surveyed directly across the road in 2001 for Bob Smith. We just broke down the southeast quarter of your section earlier this Summer and found the center corner. Surveyed directly across the railroad tracks on your east side for Curly Johnson about 2005. Found the southwest corner bar about seven years ago when working on the job for your brother, Tom, in the section to the south to help me find the south line of the Showalter place when he and Dennis were needing to agree on replacing that half mile of fence."
I comment on native tree species when hiking with my family. I know quite a few in California where I live. We were on vacation in Wyoming this summer and my teenage son said, it's great hiking here as mom doesn't know the trees and can't point them out.
My first day at my first real surveying job, the LS had me pace out 50' next to a rag tape. Nineteen steps on flat ground. Guess the first thing I do with the new guy on his first day.
I learned to only count the left foot when pacing. At one time I'd usually be within .5 feet, often less when staking CL. Only used a hand level when running slopes. An abbey hand level or a clinometer was more useful for surveying.
Many years ago I discovered that if were to focus on the pacing and make my step just a bit more than my normal stride (feel it in the muscles a tad) I would hit three feet for each step/six feet for a full pace. I know put a little more effort into it to make each step to stay at three feet. The bigger challenge comes when going uphill and downhill crossing gentle ditches. If going both up and down it sort of averages out.
Wading through tall grass or nearly ripe crops such as wheat and oats is much tougher and somewhat depending on if you are going with the grain (pun) or across it. Following the gaps between each planted row of grain is going with the grain BTW.