We wrangled up another helper, another fellow working here at ACOR (thank you James!). At 6:00 am, we rolled out to the site and started working. Things went fairly uneventfully, thankfully...minus an injury free fall by Jack off a wall into some pokey bushes, and some decent sunburns by me (after I spend so much time putting sunscreen on kids, I feel done and forget to put it on myself).
|Owen directing the positioning of the camera|
|Jack and James at the other end|
|a view from my perspective, as camera catcher in-between takes|
|the big picture|
|me and Fia, laying tape and catching the camera|
Safita passed out and slept for a couple hours, which was fantastic.
Both kids were exceptional for what must have been a really long, boring, difficult day for them. Especially on days like today, I praise the Lord for giving us such happy, patient, flexible kids--without their hardiness, we really couldn't do what we do.
|random people who were curious about what we were doing...and wondering if there was any gold|
Local people throughout Owen's time surveying this past week and a half keep stopping by asking if there's gold at the site...It doesn't help that his GPS equipment kind of looks like a heavy-duty metal detector, and it also doesn't help that today we were going around putting X-marks on a bunch of stones. Hopefully we don't come back next year to a tell pocked with looting holes!
|checking the pics|
|Jack was a big helper|
|and so was Safita--she helped me hold the pole!|
We finished the picture-taking a little after 1:00 pm, at which point the kids and I drove James back to ACOR and got a snack before returning to Safut to pick up Owen, who stayed behind to take some GPS points and finish up. Things took a little longer than expected, and we didn't get home until a little after 3:00 pm. It was a long haul: breakfast at 5:30 am, lunch at 3:30 pm. But, this very important survey project is now complete! Another very rewarding accomplishment to check off...and one step closer to that coveted PhD in hand!
|Finished! Descending Safut with the rest of equipment in hand. Can you tell he's tired?|