The day began rather badly for me. The dust-exposure had set my immune system into hyper-active mode. As a result I woke up with swollen lips and throat – classic signs of food allergy. I could not swallow even water. I started to panic a bit but ate an anti-histamine and took the day off. I slept for most of the day. Emma was a ray of sunshine all day and made delicious pumpkin pancakes. First meal that I could eat in many days!
Maciej and Jim came by to the jamesway in the afternoon. They are having a very hard time getting the melt-hole right. First, the “hotsies” that are used to generate the high power necessary for melting the hole have suffered from frequent break-downs. Below is a picture of a hotsie that actually caught on fire last night. Second, the melt-hole quickly refreezes and grows a layer of ice up-to 3 inches thick. Maciej has also injured his arm and back due to all the heavy lifting and is rather in bad shape today.
The team came back in the evening when Emma had cooked an awesome dinner and pumpkin cakes for dessert. We all had a good time.