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Last week, my wife and I went on a cross-country journey to move our daughter from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Seattle, Washington. Yes, that’s right, we drove cross-country on a family trip in January. To top it off, my daughter has two cats and two birds. Seems we’ve lost our marbles.

Part of me dreaded the trip, while another part of me was looking forward to spending more time with my daughter and, of course, helping her get to her new job with Microsoft in Seattle. I’m so proud of her!

There was no time to stop and look at the places we’ve never been, and that was a struggle. But after driving for 8.5 hours and then realizing the round-trip drive to a nearby national monument is another hour makes you change your mind about seeing it in that moment.

Case in point: We stopped for the night in Rapid City after driving all day. At first, we thought it would be cool to see Three Surveyors and Some Other Guy at night, since they light it up every evening. We’ve never seen the “boys on the hill” (as my wife calls it) before, but it just wasn’t in the cards.

One thing is for sure — we took in all the sights we could along the way. None of us had ever entered most of the states through which we traveled. Each state was beautiful in its own way but it wasn’t until we reached Western Montana that my chin hit the floorboard. Absolutely stunning countryside. My wife and I are already planning a trip to stay and explore Montana in the near future.

Another great feature of this trip were the never-ending sunsets. Since we were chasing the sun, and we didn’t hit any rain or snow, the sunsets were spectacular and lasted for hours!

By now, you may be wondering if I’m going to make a point with this story. Nope! Just wanted to ramble and share my experience with you all. If you want to catch-up on the trip, i.e. see how we planned it, progressed through it, and finally arrived in Seattle, check out this thread where I started out by asking for advice on the route we would take.

Note: You must be logged in to SurveyorConnect to read our travel saga, since it is posted in General Chit Chat. It’s not surveying-related, so it’s not public. 🙂

Cross-Country Travel in January

🔥 Inside the forums

We learn from our mistakes

One of the more rewarding things about surveying for over fifty years is being honest about some of the more challenging things I’ve ran into over the years…commonly known as “screwing up”.

Read: I learned a lot about the business from that…

“I only need one line staked”

We get a variation on this all the time, and generally a short conversation occurs, and the prospective client understands…but sometimes…

Read: Ring Ring (I only need a line staked)

How to get your PLS License

Here’s a YouTube video explaining the experience you need to obtain your Professional Land Surveyor license.

Read: How to get your PLS License

Surveying the Moon

It was 54 years ago that Surveyor 7, the last of the NASA Surveyor Program missions landed on the Moon.

Read: Surveying the Moon

Nice view on a Monday morning 📸

Hawkins shares a beautiful photo of Lake Curry from high atop a nearby mountain. Beautiful!

Read: Yesterday’s Office

It’s getting pretty heated

I’m from Ohio and the winters get pretty cold. Does anyone have a recommendation for long lasting battery heated vests and/or gloves? Has anyone heard of the brand Lenz? Is it worth the price?

Read: Heated gloves/vest

Closing in on it

I’m trying to figure out both the angular and linear error of closure for a closed link traverse. Is there a minimum technical standard for a mixed traverse using a total station and RTK? I didn’t see anything in the Florida MTS.

Read: Closed link traverse closure

Answer the #@*% phone

Not every odd-looking number calling you wants to sell you an extended car warranty or sell you some special extra Medicare insurance supplement.

Read: Answer the #@*% phone when it rings

Tunnel surveying 📸

Seems most surveyors on here work mainly in the lovely great outdoors so figured I’d share my typical office.

Read: Slightly different office to most

Buffalo on parole

On the boundary survey that I posted the cool monument picture a couple days ago, I had some interesting parole evidence.

Read: Buffalo trace property line

Mapping jobs with QGIS

I have found that QGIS has a lot of features that surveyors could use to research property and keep jobs organized. Does anyone else here use QGIS to manage their projects?

Read: Mapping jobs with QGIS

View from a section corner 📸

SmithSurveying shares a beautiful photo of Arizona landscape from a section corner.

Read: The view from a section corner

🧠 Ask A Surveyor

We often receive questions from property owners and other members of the general public. Here’s your chance to possibly help them out!

GLO Government Lot Question

Boundary Puzzle/Advice

Early settlers method of setting property boundaries

Found mysterious survey marker 30 ft onto my property

Does This Sound Reasonable To Other Surveying Professionals?

Non-survey trespass

Recognizing an implicit easement

Riparian lots

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📰 In other news

Geodesy at Turner Farm

While the title refers only to the Turner Farm facility, the article covers activity at other Washington, DC area sites. The article, written by NGS authors, also highlights the important role of geodetic astronomy in modern geodesy.

Read the article at Analemma Society

Discuss at SurveyorConnect

A 250-year-old walnut tree was chopped down in Ohio. A brother and sister were hit with felony charges.

For over 250 years, a black walnut tree lived in what is now a nature preserve in northeast Ohio, growing alongside wildflowers and ferns and the snaking east branch of the Rocky River. Its trunk grew unusually wide — 5½ feet — making it a rare specimen in the Cleveland suburbs.

Read the article at Analemma Society

Discuss at SurveyorConnect

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Happy traversing,

Wendell T. Harness