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Saudi Arabia

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  • We had a change in plans, which always happens in Saudi. We came here to install river (known as wadis)gauges, climate stations, and rainfall stations. We found out yesterday that we are not to install wadi stations at this time, which means our trip became a lot easier and shorter, but we still will drive great distances. Here are a couple photos from yesterday

  • Zach and I enjoying a Saudi Philly cheese steak in Riyadh. We skipped lunch and are having an early dinner at 3pm, trying to find ways to keep our eyes open. Trying to stay up until at least 8pm adjusting to time change

  • We finished our final site for this trip and are making our way back to Riyadh. We became much more efficient in our second weather station installation. Or first installation last week in Tabuk took us 8 hours. Today was only 4.5 hours. I took a sequence of photos of the install and included in this post

  • Today we were able to go through all the equipment that has been sitting in jeddah for a year. Good news it is all there. Let's hope it all works. I put a couple pictures of our team and loading up. One cool thing about today is that I saw the future tallest building in the world under construction. It will be one km tall when complete. Tomorrow we head east over the mountains to Taif

  • I forgot to post last night but we made it to taif, a vacation town in the mountains outside of Jeddah and Mecca. We even came across rain as we arrived in Taif. We are tearing ourselves to an iced coffee (a rare find in Saudi) before we depart. Notice the family only sign at Starbucks. We convinced the guy to let us in and serve us

  • We are now in the town of Afif. We finished 2 more stations. One was a way stations with a bride about 8m high and the other was a weather station. The weather station is pretty nice compared to the wadi stations. Nothing too exciting happened. Just long hot days in the sun. There temperature has gotten warmer as we have headed east from the mountains.

  • Last night we made it to probably my favorite place in Saudi (AL Ula). It was an interesting day Friday as it was a scheduled day off but we were not in a decent area so the team wanted to continue working. The workaround was they still needed time for prayer and after prayer lunch (11:30-2pm). This meant we needed to finish everything that required our larger equipment truck before 11:30. So we left our hotel at 5:30 with an hour drive to the location. Fortunately the bridge was low enough to do part of it by standing on the he bed of our pickup. We were able to finish everything that required scaffolding by 11:25 (just in time for prayer). We decided to then drive 2.5 hours further then planned to get to a decent hotel that was still on our way ( AL Ula)
    AL Ula hi a historic area with stunning rock formations and apparently enough groundwater to support some agriculture. On our way out we ran into some Americans visiting the area. They work at an American consulate somewhere in Saudi. We then had to take a photo opp with an Indonesian coffee shop worker who wanted to take a photo with us. The poor guy doesn't really know Arabic and doesn't know english. I am not sure how he is going to make it here
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  • So we finally left Riyadh and are currently two hours into a 4 hour drive to Buraydah. We were fortunately able to depart Riyadh a day early. I only have one photo today which is of us stuck inside a supply store during prayer. We were waiting for them to tally up our bill as the doors began to close and lock for prayer (notice doors closed in the background). We found out halfway through prayer that we needed an Atm to settle the bill but had to wait out the remainder of the 30 prayer before we could find an ATM. Fortunately they had chairs for usRead more

  • We installed our first site today and made it to Al Ula. We had some issues trying to find some nuts and bolts and had to swing by a remote spare parts place. Basically sifted through trays of random bolts shown in image 1. We scouted out a couple other site, one being a dry reservoir and the other a dry river. So we are now in Al Ula for the night. It is probably one of my favorite looking towns, with a lot if history. If you get a chance google it for some great images. It was dark when we arrived so we will try to take some in the morningRead more

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