121126 - Monday's pictures
121125 - Sunday morning - Operators at about 5:30 a.m. - First is Keith and the second is Roger.
121124 - Saturday 4:30 p.m. - just got back from a drive to Mohale Dam. Beautiful and very rugged country - combined with, at times, torrential downpours and heavy fog. Made for an interesting drive. A few pictures below - highest pass was about 2,600 Meters.
We're staying at the Roma Trading Post Lodge
Absolutely foul day - driving rain, fog and a lot of people walking up and down the mountain. This is the site of the dam - a lot of abandoned buildings and homes left over from housing the staff during the construction of the dam.
Below - the only building still being used is by the Police
Saturday 10:30 uploading some more pictures.
Below - Lemon tree
Hex beam - Lower Meadow
Below - R7 Vertical
Below - Pool
Saturday morning - taking a few minutes to push up some more pictures. Here is a picture of the guys getting the radios on the air - Friday night - Neil in the foreground, Keith standing and Mitch at the second station.
One of the local dogs - there are at least two of them. They aren't nearly as mean as they look. To his right you can see the trailer rented by Donovan - quite an interesting little trailer and we saw a lot of them driving to Lesotho.
Saturday a.m. - following two pictures show Donovan in the first one and Chris in the second. You can get a bit of an idea on the operation room - reminders stuck to the wall. Behind Chris you will see the 'large' 2012 7P8D Multi-national DX-Pedition banner.
Breakfast on Friday
20121122 - It is Friday, about 10 a.m. The team is working on getting some networked computers talking on N1MM - our logging program. I've been taking some pictures, and will push them up here.
On the way through South Africa, we saw this semi trailer.
It was a brick truck
Below - Neal with one of the two Hex beams - outside the compound where the kids play soccer
Below - a young man riding a burro to the Trading Post
In the background you can see the mountains
Below - the operating room - looking from the main house
Below - looking where the kids play soccer in the afternoon / evening
West of the operating room - some of the local houses - along with an outhouse per house. I don't think many of these homes had running water
Below - does that look like a Maple Leaf tree or what?
Below - Neil and Bill's Rondavels
Below - back of the main house
2012-11-05 - Ok - it is official - I'm off to Lesotho. I received the necessary permission today to take the time off work, and I'm getting ready for the trip. Saw the travel clinic today - arms hurt - got three shots. I have some liquid 'shots' to take over the next two weeks. In addition, I have some prescriptions to fill, picked up some sterile needles. Need a few other things.
Below you can see Lesotho is an enclave country, within the Republic of South Africa. We are going to be near the city of Maseru.
Zoomed out - you can see a bit better where Lesotho is in Africa
2012-11-01 - Ok - it is official - I'm trying to join the 2012 DX-Pedition to Lesotho. It is around the third week of November through to the first week of December. Here is a link to the team's web page. http://www.zs2dl.co.za/7P8D.html More info to follow as I uncover it. Neil King VA7DX put me onto the trip, as he is attending. http://www.southgatearc.org/news/september2012/lesotho_dxpedition.htm has some info on it.
This is where we are staying.
Need to figure out flights, any equipment I need to bring along, personal gear, etc. Need to contact a travel doctor and arrange for any shots, pick up any medical supplies I think I might need (things are pretty primitive there - against North American standards.)
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