From Alleghany National Forest to Haiti
This spring was a season of change and as always, adventure. I played my last college softball game, graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, completed a black diamond rope course (it was killer), adopted a puppy, traveled to Haiti, and started grad school.
After spending a busy week in NYC exhibiting a project, escaping to Alleghany National Forest for Memorial Day weekend was a treat. The weekend cycled between scorching sun and thunderstorms with rain. Changing into dry light and midweight Minus33 wool after a damp hike or canoe ride was a great way to start an evening by the fire.
Haiti was an extraordinary experience. I spent the week meeting with patients and rapidly designing mechanical parts for 3D printed prosthetics to test alongside four amazing engineers and two local prosthetists. We worked about 18 hours a day in 100-degree heat with no AC and sometimes no electricity. I will definitely never complain about the AC in the lab back home being too cold ever again. We also had the opportunity to hike around grounds of an old medical clinic that was destroyed in the 2012 earthquake, where we found medical equipment, clothing, and prosthetic parts in the rubble. The experience was moving and humbling.