Bike riding, game counting, and Bananagram'ing
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
33Trip End Jul 17, 2013
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Then we divided into two groups. One group went with the Matt the runs Neuras and the other group went with the Matt that is the Duke student.
My group was sent to learn how to use the GPS systems, which was done by sending us off on a scavenger hunt. We looked for three "pyramids" made of stone, each in a different location. In each of the pyramids was a soda can that contained instructions on how to program the GPS and therefore find the next pyramid.
When we completed that, after about an hour or so, we returned to the “home base” and got our next mission. We were sent out on bikes to check on a camera trap and do any necessary maintenance. We checked the batteries, switched out the memory cards, made sure the motion sensor was working and the camera was taking pictures. All was in order. The bike ride itself was a bit painful, as we rode through everything from soft soil/sand to large rocks. It's a bit different riding bikes in the “bush” than at home. Thankful that I had some experience riding bikes on gravel roads.
I got back to the home base with an incredibly sore bum (I think it might be bruised) and in time to go through the memory card we retrieved from the camera for the Matt that runs Neuras. We did that for about an hour (the memory card had about 1000 pictures), and then everyone else arrived. Lunch was ready, and we dug in. It was some kind of tuna casserole that took the form of bready bars. It was incredibly good. It was served with potato salad and a salad consisting of a variety of beans (including green beans and kidney beans).
We then had a couple of hours to relax, and I got started on my midterm paper that is due tomorrow. I got a good chunk of the paper pounded out, with the intent to tie up the loose ends after supper and e-mail it before bed.
During this time, I also learned about what groups of certain animals are called. These are the most interesting:
Zebras – a dazzle
Giraffes – a tower (if they are standing still), a journey (if they traveling)
Wildebeests – an implausibility
Hippos – a pod, a raft, a float
Mongooses - a business
Rhinos - a crash
Then it was time for supper. We enjoyed a vegetarian pasta dish with some form of thick red sauce and mushrooms. We also had a salad with dressing (dressing! At the farm there is no dressing).
I did end up completing my paper, and the Matt that runs Neuras put it on a thumb drive and let me send it via his e-mail (the internet is too sketchy here for more than a couple of people to use, so it’s only used for research purposes).
A game of Bananagrams broke out, and we all played in teams of two or three. I was with Sven and Beth and am proud to say that we won one of the two games I played. It was incredibly fun and we all laughed so much. I enjoy the game in America, but I must say that it is more entertaining to play with a group of people from around the world.
I’m off to bed now. Not sure what tomorrow will entail since I will be heading out with Duke Matt.