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Day 1 (June 26, 2011): Arrival
June 26, 2011
By about noon today, we filled our field vehicle with luggage and supplies, and I drove through fairly light Sunday traffic out of the city. Because the three of us stopped a couple places to shop and eat lunch, we took an extra hour and a half to make a trip that usually takes only a couple hours. Alison, Jenny, and I arrived at camp, and Kampi Safi looked terrific. The Kenyan crew arrived at Olorgesailie on Friday, two days ago, along with a 16-ton truck jam-packed with our field gear. When we arrived today, we saw the amazing transformation of a barren patch of land from a couple of days ago into a bustling tented camp. True, the same thing occurs at the start of every field season. Still, it’s amazing how quickly our crew of 30 can set up camp, complete with a kitchen area, two mess areas for eating and relaxing, a research tent for collections and study, and a canvas shelter for every person.
We’re all looking forward to a good start to the research work tomorrow.