Adventurer Update – Sage Clegg
Sage Clegg and the “Mysterious Gross Stuff”
Every time I got to take slime samples I felt like I was a six year old kid playing with the mysterious gross stuff I wasn’t supposed to touch. Without fail, pausing to scrape scum off of stream-side rocks or squeeze liquid from bubbly green algae helped me notice something I would never have realized existed. One spring I collected a sample from was up on the side of a steep grassy slope in the Pueblo Mountains. The spring looked unremarkable at first, but as I knelt there scraping at a rock with my spoon, I started to notice there was moss growing between rocks, as well as tiny little yellow monkey flowers. Bees and flies were buzzing by, mites and other small insects were crawling around. By the time I rolled the top of the sample bag closed a whole new universe had been revealed to me, and that didn’t even include the micro-world of diatoms and algae that I had just shoved in a 2oz baggie.