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January 13, 2004


Well, no time to catch up, but a little bit of time to talk about the present.

Presently, I am at a camp called F6, which is a small camp on the south side of Lake Fryxell in Taylor Valley. I'm here to work with the Stream Team, a group of researchers from University of Colorado who are studying stream dynamics here in Taylor Valley. Because the weather is too cold to do the experiment they were hoping to do, it has been a down day, which has been nice. I've spent most of the day on my computer, online, working to get processing of the new data from Mt. Erebus up and running. After hours of trial and error, I've only begun to work through the computer quirks. It will be nice to be able to actually process the data, and see whether the positions of our sites have changed since last season.

If all goes well here, I will be helping the Stream Team with an experiment tomorrow (hope for sunny weather) and then mapping out a stream channel for them with GPS on Thursday, to return to McMurdo Thursday night.

My afternoon activities, when I wasn't working on the computer, included a long, hard nap. I went out to my tent, flopped on top of the sleeping bag with my big red parka on, and slept. For several hours. Why so tired? I worked until 11 last night (yes, I do work sometimes), but slept at least 7 hours. Hmmm.

The Valleys (short for the Dry Valleys) are just about the coolest place on Earth. Okay, I haven't come even close to being everywhere on Earth, but they're one of the very cool ones. Imagine a place where natural processes consist of interaction of wind, rock, fluid water, ice, and little else. Some biological matter, but nothing with legs. Algae and such. Mostly, just the elements. These processes, uninterupted, for days and seasons and years and millenia.

Right now, I'm going to explore the processes of sleep.

Posted by beth at January 13, 2004 9:13 PM


get serious, my social and adventurous beth. do you think you will ever have time to catch up? what are the chances of your present being boring so you can find time to tell us about all those past stories?

Posted by: wilma - mother of beth at January 14, 2004 7:56 AM

Beth - Looks like good times. It is nice to get an explanation of what you are doing. Sorry i missed you when you were in town for the wedding. Hope to see you next time.


Posted by: Cousin Brian at January 14, 2004 3:33 PM

Well, don't plan on coming to Boston to warm up. Your temps looks warm to me. It was -6 this morning. Tomorrow they are forecasting -9 to a high of 8. Hopefully this will help you feel a bit warmer. :)

Maybe I should come to Antarctica to warm up!

Posted by: Snowboard Girl at January 15, 2004 11:59 AM