It’s always bittersweet leaving the Mara. This place is our second home, and we have a beautiful camp, good friends and an amazing river we hate to leave behind. On the other hand, after several months of no running water, limited solar power, and the same 4 outfits, you do start to long for modern conveniences. I usually crave salad, hot showers, a nice cappuccino, and a leisurely morning spent on my computer with the screen at full brightness. Nevertheless, the time has come to return to the US– we have a lot of samples to analyze in the lab, lots of papers to work on writing, and Chris is a teaching assistant for a class this semester. It’s going to be an exciting year… We’ll be working with Ella and James to write up their senior research projects. Chris and I both have several papers we’re working on publishing from our research. And we have a super exciting field season we’re planning for 2017! Already excited to think about heading back here…. Until then, kwaheri Mara (goodbye)!