As professional bums, we have to find a purpose to give some meaning to our aimless wondering. Eric and I volunteered to do some citizen science along the trip for the fledgling organization Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. ASC links adventurers and outdoor athletes with scientists who don't venture to the areas they need to collect data from. We hopped on board for a pika study, as the furry little critters are early indicators of climate change in alpine environments. We hadn't been able to contribute any data until a recent backpacking trip to Glacier National Park, where we finally saw some pikas. Fortunately, along with the data submission, my words and some of our photos are now featured on the ASC blog. Very exciting! Check the link below and find out more about this excellent organization.