There is a very long trench running through the middle of my campsite now, since Buddy and Laly’s new house is going to be located just downslope of me, and the water sources are upslope. In the mornings, I have to get dressed before the construction staff starts trickling over. I was a little embarrassed after doing laundry – the only way to dry my clothes and have the not blow away is to hang them on a nearby bush. So, the brightest thing in my campsite now is a bush strew with various ladies’ undergarments.
Sadly, the old lady elephant in Loibor Siret died yesterday, and so APW put up some camera traps around her, hoping that predators would show up eventually. Instead, we get ghostly photos of a herd of elephants – perhaps the one that had left her previously – filtering around her in the night, touching her body with their trunks, and then disappearing again. I wonder: Did they just “know” that she’d died? Or have they been coming every night to check on her? Or did they smell something not-right on the breeze?
We finally corner Elvis into starting survey training today. I’m pleased – we’re actually on schedule! In the evening, Christy helps me set a grid over a map of Narakawo. On Tueday, Elvis will come back and do a second practice survey with one of our Maasai staff, and then I’ll practice my sample selection methods and select bomas for him to do all his pretesting. Moses finishes the Maa translation today as well. Progress!
I complete training materials for Reto o Reto, do pilates on the patio (much to the amusement and possible consternation of our newest team of Hadzabe) and pick up Fitzgerald’s “Tender is the Night” to finish what I started last summer. It's good to leave some things undone, so as to always have something to look forward to.