Yesterday evening, I was almost out of control I because
I was so happy. This is a fantastic team. We laugh hard,
play hard, and even dance merengue and some salsa.
Plus, we're all into science and being outdoors.
This team has a fun-loving, fabulous spirit.
Finding water, on the other hand, isn't proving
so easy. Iain and I wandered high and low, finding old
traces of running water in the landscape, particularly
in rock. None of these will help us right now, however.
Plus, the whole deal about cutting open cacti isn't
really accurate. They hold water if it has rained recently,
but if it hasn't, they are moist, but it isn't
appealing to smell or even enough to drink.
Driven by necessity, Iain and I set up two methods
to collect water: a solar still and transpiration bags
We found an oasis of sorts a place where the
geology makes it so that water in the soil or near the
surface is channeled into a narrow area. There are plants
here that require more water than typical desert plants.
We dig for water it should only be a meter or
so down based on the types of plants in the area, at
least that's what the research says. We keep hitting
drier and drier soil, so we stop. The top 18 inches
of soil seem damp, so we set up a solar still. I also
bag several branches of trees to collect transpired
water. This is a long shot but even a tablespoon of
water would be helpful at this point.