If there's one thing about this job, it's that you do tend to work in interesting places. They forgot to mention the snakes.
In November 2000, an active source experiment was conducted just north and west of El Centro, California. In November of 1987 an earthquake created a new fault near Superstition Mountain, right in the middle of a US Navy bombing range, and the National Parachute Test Range.
The first order of business was to pick up the seismographic equipment that was left in a storage facility in Twenty-nine Palms, California, about a month earlier. In Twenty-nine Palms an experiment was conducted to investigate a fault region on the large marine base there. Why do these things keep happening on military bases?? The geophysicist, YongGong Li, of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, was one of the Principle Investigators for that experiment, and was for this experiment, too.
We loaded about fifty shipping boxes with the data acquisition systems (DASs), GPS antennas, power distribution boards, about twenty solar panels, and about sixty-five heavy, heavy-duty vehicle batteries into a U-Haul truck, a pickup, and a Suburban.
I took a picture of the rear tires of this truck after it had been loaded with about forty batteries...you don't want to see it.