Astronomers at Playbwillman | July 28, 2010
(Although posted by bwillman, this post was written by Miriam Fuchs)
My name is Miriam Fuchs, I’m a sophomore at Haverford, and working with Beth Willman this summer doing research on ultra-faint dwarf galaxies. Last Friday, our research team left INSC basement and headed to Jim Thorpe, PA, where we went whitewater rafting down the Lehigh River.
It was a beautiful day for rafting. First things first,: a necessary stop at Dunkin’ Donuts, where we fueled up for the day. After an initial “detour” (we may be good at finding dwarf galaxies, but finding the rafting site…..), we got to Pocono Whitewater, where we were given life vests, paddles, and safety instructions.
And then we were on our way! It was so relaxing just to be in the sun, soak up some rays, and battle some mini rapids along the way. Every so often, we were allowed to jump in the water and float around. One lesson learned that day: don’t mess with science folks when it comes to water splashing. Needless to say, everyone was drenched with water within the first 20 minutes. Midday, we stopped for a lunch of hot dogs, chips and lemonade. After that, the Willman group re-united for the last leg of the trip, and enjoyed a nice series of almost-rough rapids.
Before coming back to Haverford, we stopped off at Annie’s Ice Cream, where we indulged our sweet tooths and got milkshakes and sundaes. Yum yum. All in all, a great day!