Sunday, June 22, 2008

One week and counting...

Well, we have 11 staff and volunteers confirmed (Dr. Storrs, myself, Mac, Sara, Craig, Ian, Lauren, Lamont, Mike, Dale and Sam), 18 Field School participants (from Ohio, Colorado, Wisconsin, England and Finland), and a few others who will be joining us over the course of 5 weeks in the field.

As of now, we will be leaving Cincinnati at around 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 29th (for anyone who is interested, that's my b-day). We should make Grinnell, Iowa on Day 1, so a few of us are really looking forward to some salsa & chips from "Casa Margaritas".

Most everything is packed, including more dry goods than I think we've ever taken out with us. Kroger's had a big sale on Pringles ($.88 a can), and an "unnamed" bulk food club was the source for the rest, including powdered Gatorade, powdered mashed potatoes, canned veggies (sorry, Sara), canned chicken, pasta, tomato sauce. I was adamant that we save some money on food (since $4.00 gasoline appears to be with us throughout the trip), and Dr. Storrs was insistent that we eat, buy in bulk was the answer.

We'll be loading everything up starting on Saturday around noon. It will be the first time that some of our new staff and volunteers will have met, but Sara and Mac (assuming he makes it back from Utah in one piece) will hopefully show the leadership skills they have developed over the past several years. The two of them have really helped keep this program moving forward during recent staffing changes.

I will try to post once or twice more before next Sunday, but with six weeks of being in the desert ahead of me, I'm looking forward to several evenings of soaking in the hot tub and spending some time with my wife and our 20 month old son.

Cheers for now...

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