An Afternoon in Eliye Springs

|An Afternoon in Eliye Springs

Hi, I’m Melina, a sophomore from Stony Brook University. I’m interested mainly in archaeology and came to TBI for the amazing experience.

Two Sundays ago we went to Eliye Springs for a well-deserved break. We started out after lunch for an afternoon of swimming at Lake Turkana. Tom, our resident pet, looked so sad as we were about to leave that we decided to bring her with us. Little did we know then that she does not enjoy being in the lorry and was subsequently terrified the entire ride to the Springs. She was very nervous the whole ride there and was very thankful when we arrived.

The sandy shore at Eliye Springs.

The sandy shore at Eliye Springs.

Timothy, fossil scanning expert, and Tom take in the watery vista.

Timothy, fossil scanning expert, and Tom take in the watery vista.

Lake Turkana is a beautiful place. There was a nice beach and most people got in the water right away. Some people took a little longer to make sure their sunscreen had time to set in. The water was perfect and felt amazing in the hot temperature of this semi-arid grazing land we live in. We had a lot of fun playing in the water. People had handstand competitions in which Ned was the ultimate winner, as well as other water games. Unfortunately, Tom did not enjoy the visit as much and wouldn’t go into the water without some serious coercion.

Alex takes a break from applying sunscreen to pose with a picture with Lucy.

Alex takes a break from applying sunscreen to pose for a picture with Lucy.

Students enjoying a refreshing dip in Lake Turkana.

Students enjoying a refreshing dip in Lake Turkana.

Lucy, Letty, Stacey, Eloise, and Melina don their kangas after a swim.

Lucy, Letty, Stacey, Eloise, and Melina don their kangas after a swim.

Some people decided to go get a cold refreshing soda from the little restaurant. After just over an hour of swimming as a group we decided to go visit the marketplace where lots of women were selling their handmade crafts. Francis, one of our trip coordinators, was kind enough to help make sure we got the best deal.

Trisha and Maggie are so excited for a day of beach fun.

Trisha and Maggie are so excited for a day of beach fun.

Maggie and Eloise relax over a cold beverage.

Maggie and Eloise relax over a cold beverage.

Katie and Megan, our blondest field school students. Megan is smiling so widely because she just ordered french fries!

Katie and Megan, the blondest field school students. Megan is smiling so widely because she just ordered french fries!

Our fearless leader, Dr. Dino Martins.

Our fearless leader, Dr. Dino Martins.

In the end everyone was really happy with their purchases. After a quick break to gather our things, it was time to head back to TBI. Tom was less than thrilled to have to get back in the lorry. In the end, everyone including Tom made it back happy, safe and sound.

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:51+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on An Afternoon in Eliye Springs

About the Author:

Hello! I am Abby Koppa, the TBI Field School TA for Fall 2014, a third-year PhD student at Stony Brook University in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and a TBI Graduate Fellow. My research interests include the nutritional and mechanical properties of East African savanna plants, paleoecology, and hominin paleodiet.