Friday, December 9, 2011

Trip Epilogue

All alone
In the days since I left that country, quite a few things have happened.  The second base has completed their transition with everyone leaving together as a caravan.  Everything that could not be carried has been grounded down to dust and the land has been returned to its original desert state.  Our system, CATH1 remains by herself, enjoying the uncluttered desert.  One hopes that she finds enough energy to operate for years to come.
Handing over the real estate back to the natives.
The first base had a ceremony in which the base was officially signed over to the natives.  Traveling here in the future will be difficult if not impossible should we ever choose to try to do it.
Will they find what they are looking for?
The Captain and one of my coworkers returned to take care of some unfinished business on the third base.  The rest of the team including myself was surprised that the Captain didn't take us along this time as our specialties is taking care of unfinished business.  However, we are secretly relieved that we are not going again as traveling there is now very difficult and we don't really know how they will leave once they are there.  It sort of reminds me of that song with the lyrics "You can check out anytime but you can never leave".  But if anyone among us is best qualified for that situation, I would think that it would be them (or at the very least, Grace).

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