I followed up my rather slow last week with an awesome trip to the eastern part of the province this week. I had made it almost a full month in Afghanistan without seeing very many trees, if any at all. However, when I got east of the FOB here in Gardez, I saw flowering cherry trees, green terraces and forests. It was a refreshing site to see, after all the wind and dust of the last month.
I had a chance to look at few interesting projects while on my site seeing vacation. We saw a clinic that was built in a river bed. Most of the rivers here are only completely full a few months out of the year, the rest of the time they are small trickles, some only a few feet wide. Now we are trying to figure out how to divert the water during the wet season.
Some of the other projects we looked at were a school near the Pakistan border whose roof has been blown off and a future bridge across a stream similar to the one I just described.
It has been a good week and with things picking up, I will try to write more as I should have more news to report. I will try and post pictures tomorrow.
Thank you and God Bless