In early May, we hosted a gathering of the grad students and post docs working in the lab with Danelle. We started out on the porch, but as for all good parties, the action soon moved to the kitchen. We had a few good rounds of Jenga, taking it to the point that there were very few moves left. Becca finally collapsed the tower.
We all enjoyed the loads of food and drinks, some brought that evening, but many that were leftovers from the Avery Play cast party.
Our friend Laura gave Sonora a “spa day” for Christmas for her and a few friends. Today was the day all of them could come together at our house for their treat. Danelle and Laura set up the stations and prepared for the girls!
After delivering the pizza and getting this group shot, Corvin and I got out of there for our safety 🙂
I can’t even pretend to know all of the random things that were done to the girls, but there was lots of giggling!
Danelle’s PhD research involved deploying equipment into storm sewers to measure lots of stuff and make the world a better place. Its best to check out her research website cause I’ll just get it wrong! Anyway, time was getting away from her and she needed to get her equipment deployed. So I took a day off of work and got photos of her doing her good work.
If that truck looks familiar, that is because its the one I bought on my Colorado Motorcycle trip! We were fortunate enough to be able to use this truck as her primary research vehicle. All of the expensive equipment is able to be locked away in the boxes and the sand doesn’t get all over the inside of our main vehicles. Who know things would work out this way.
Climbing down to get to work.
Its hard to tell, but there is a rope attached to the bucket. Its the simplest way to lower supplies and heavy bags of sand. When I wasn’t there, they used a step ladder over the holes with the rope to act as a pulley.
Somebody thought that she was knitting in the hole in a previous photo, so we thought we would help them out.
Safety first, yellow vest is also stylish!
Spreading out all of our equipment for a deployment.
Look, a truck! These trucks are part of her research!
We participated in the annual River des Peres Trash Bash this year. I was a surprise site leader being asked at the last second to lead one. I had never been to the location before, but winged it quite well. While Sonora and I worked a specific site, Danelle and Corvin went around taking random photos. They even found their way onto the Missouri River Relief boat!
As always, the event was a great success and we all had a great time!
Bike With Your Boots On is a bicycle event that stops along Grant’s Trail taking water quality measurements along the way. Its a nice way to get exercise and get a better understanding of a local stream.
We started out in a parking lot meeting together and splitting into groups so we could go faster.
It didn’t take long and were heading down the trail to do our monitoring. The family happily ahead of me. I was a bit slower on a unicycle.
Here we are doing some monitoring.
After we finished up, we headed to a nice picnic to celebrate our work. Check out the video Danelle made about the event!