Why no comments?

Unfortunately, running a comments section also involves moderating a comments section- and we’re short-staffed, especially during the busy time of a cicada emergence.  Since we don’t have the staff to moderate and we can’t pass comments or photos directly through to the website, we do not take comments or photo submissions at the present time.

Field Vehicle

The first vehicle I used for the mapping project was a 1991 Ford Explorer sport. This vehicle was great off road, not so much on the highway.  It lasted for 197,000 miles.

1991 Ford explorer Sport

My next field vehicle was a 1998 Ford Explorer. This truck wasn’t as good off road, and the suspension was not as durable as the earlier Explorer– mapping on back roads is hard on a vehicle, and I went through a lot of ball joints and IFS parts. It only made it to 130,000 miles before unsolvable electrical problems ended it.

1998 Ford Explorer

My next field vehicle was a 2004 Subaru Forester, which lasted for 215,000 miles before rust and winter started causing unfixable problems.


The Forester played a prominent role in Marcus du Sautoy’s “The Code” on BBC.