Today was a 04.30 start for a 05.30 departure to the waiting helicopter for three members of our team (with the rest staged in two waves, each one hour behind the last). Team One (Paul, Jordan, and Nick) waited at the Timika heliport while rain poured for several hours. Eventually it was clear that flying was not in the cards for today. The rest of the day was spent at a restaurant eating a casual lunch, then hanging out with local kids poolside, swapping English and Indonesian lessons.
The sky cleared in the afternoon and as I write this, there are stars overhead, which bodes well for flying tomorrow – so a similar 04.30 start for Team One. This photo of sunset over our pool gives you a sense for our weather trend today. Hopefully our next Cybercast will be from the Yellow Valley. Thanks for following along! – Paul Koubek