A quick post about the four legged visitors to the site:
A fundamental part of our work is enduring the day to day conditions of our environment. This includes conditions related to weather, exhaustion and insect pests and other things that come with working outside at all times of the year in all sorts of environments. In the Lattimer site we have experienced (and endured) extremities of cold, heat, thunderstorms, exhaustion, hunger, mosquitos and ticks. So on a Friday we are all ready to go home and rest up for the next week.
Of course we enjoy our work, which is full of surprises and adventures. But one of the things that always brightens our day are the visits from our four legged friends, Thor and Miley. (pictured) Thor and Miley belong to the land owners Willie and Michelle. Thor is an enormous mastiff, handsome and slightly timid. He starts each visit with suspicious barking, as if he does not remember us. However, this initial aggression quickly fades and he submits to our eager petting, sometimes leaning his 180 lbs against our legs. Miley is an eager visitor, darting from person to person to deliver kisses. Sometimes she collapses at our feet and shows us her belly. It can be a much needed distraction from the heat and the mosquitos and the concentration of work.
Though we will not miss the insects this weekend, we will miss Miley and Thor and our many other visitors and friends we have made in Lattimer and Hazleton. We will also eagerly await our return to the site this Monday, in anticipation of the mysteries we are yet to uncover and the friends we are yet to meet.