After a not-so-thrilling 24 hours in Dallas, I did finally make it to Chile and up to the observatory to do real work. The goal for the first week of the trip was to unpack two giant crates of equipment and build an isolation valve panel for the refrigeration system. Both were mostly a success, minus the fact that I lost one of the valves and neglected to level the valve structure before lifting it vertical meaning I had to do it with a hammer while all the valves were installed. Lesson learned.
Now that the boring work part is out of the way, onto the fun stuff! I went climbing both Saturday AND Sunday in addition to yoga by the beach because my friends are apparently gluttons for punishment.
There you have it, a mostly productive week in Chile. I swear I do real work too sometimes. Actually a lot of the times. When I’m on the summit, which is generally Monday – Friday, I’m at the observatory from 8:30am – 6:30pm turning wrenches at 9000 ft elevation. Work hard, play hard, right?! More climbing (and work) in the week ahead, plus an old college friend coming to visit!