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Day Zero – more fun than you’d think

July 2, 2015

The field season has officially started. Yesterday Rick, Carly and Charlotta arrived to Quinhagak, and today Véro, Paul, Cheryl & Roman joined the team. While Rick went to the airstrip in the new fancy van to pick up the (newly wed 😉 ) scientists (Véro & Paul), Carly and Charlotta loaded a trailer and set of down the beach to bring a first load of gear down to the site.

The site - looking a bit sad and abandoned, but will soon be itself again :)

The site – looking a bit sad and abandoned, but will soon be itself again 🙂

And on that rather dull and uneventful note the story of day zero could have ended – had Charlotta tried a different approach to crossing the stream… ‘Do you think one can drive on that?’ she asked Carly and set off. The answer, it turned out, was NO, you can’t. 11665970_10204588082722205_1191546546_o (Note to self: If not sure you can drive somewhere – don’t try it). The four wheeler was stuck good and thorough, and every attempt to drive out of the goo just wedged it in further… Fortunately we know how to dig – even if sticks and hands were all we had at our disposal. After what seemed like hours of digging, wedging sticks under the wheels, pulling, pushing, and failed attempts to drive out of the jam (both forwards and backwards) we finally got it free (and as you can see from the picture we were very proud of ourselves).

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Despite the involuntarily workout we took a few more loads of gear out to the site – but every time we drove past the gigantic hole in the muck we had to ask ourselves – whatever were we thinking? No matter, that is what day zero is for, right?

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  1. Marilyn permalink
    July 3, 2015 13:38

    Yes, always best to test the ground on foot with a walking stick before driving over. But we just don’t always do what we should, right? Hahaha. Especially with all the enthusiasm you have getting to the site and working for the season. Enjoy your time there. Marilyn

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