Today was truly a great day. I started the day being able to talk to my parents, which was great to hear how everything’s going. Sounds like a whole lot is going on with Anne, my sister, and her fiancé, Pat, which was very exciting to hear. Shortly thereafter, I was able to observe a focus group meeting that was led by Milan. It was truly fascinating to see how the social sciences work even if it was mostly in Nepali! Everyone was very engaged and it seemed like a great discussion and some great activities. As always, I’m eager to hear how the rest of his work goes on this trip. The blending of the physical sciences with the social sciences brings to life the relevancy of our work and in the afternoon we were actually able to sit down and have a 3 hr discussion about what was going on with Imja Lake and also answer questions regarding the flood from yesterday. It was a great experience and it was an honor to be a part of it.
By the time the meetings ended, it was already 4:00 p.m. Elizabeth had some wonderful footage of the flood from yesterday that she allowed me to make a short video to share with people. Unfortunately, I have a max 10 MB upload on this website, but if you’re interested it’s on Facebook. It was enjoyable to put together and was really some incredible footage that she captured. Afterwards, I got one gigantic treat… a hot shower! After not showering for 12 days besides the washing water each morning, it felt pretty darn good to be clean. The evening was spent catching up on work and emails and enjoying the company of the large group. It’s been fun to have so many people around, but definitely looking forward to getting back to work on the glaciers! Tomorrow, we’ll head up to Chukung where we’ll survey Lhotse Glacier to see if we can gain anymore insight into the cause of the flood yesterday. It should be very exciting and is an interesting side project that we should be able to squeeze in.