Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rain mixed with snow...

Yesterday it started raining, well it was more of a drizzle. This morning it was still raining when I woke up. By mid-morning it was snowing but it melted as soon as it hit the ground. The mountains are gone. Visibility is only about 2 miles now; we are socked in. All the moisture has turned our dry dusty camp into a big mud pit. It's that kind of mud that builds up on your shoes and makes you taller the further you walk in it. I didn ' t much care for the dust before, but now I'd rather have it than the mud. Just below the top layer of mud the ground is baked solid like a ceramic clay, so the water has no place to go. All the rain has flooded several work areas and roads. The drainage on the base is quite poor, plus several of the ditches have been filled with dirt for vehicle crossings making the situation even worse . Many roads have large puddles covering the entire width with no way to see the hidden potholes below, so driving is rough. They say the rainy season lasts until May, but I'm hoping it will have some breaks during that time. It is supposed to snow here again on Monday.

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