Yangtze River Headwaters Volunteering Day 23 长江源志愿工作第23天

This is a series of journals recording my days in the Yangtze River Headwaters volunteering project. I will try to update every day but there might be delays in the days I work in the wild without the internet. I’m also trying to write bilingual if time allows. Like it? Follow my Instagram (@anar.chica.yichenguo) for updates!
这是我参与长江源志愿工作的一系列记录。我争取每日更新,但在野外工作没有网络的那些日子会有延迟。在时间允许的情况下,也会尽量使用中英双语。喜欢的话,关注我的Ins账号(@anar.chica.yichenguo)获取更新吧!

For some reason I’ve been drowsy today since morning to afternoon despite the not-short sleep last night, until I went out for trash investigation with the new guys. Usually except for picking up recyclable trash and record their brands, we carry a Green River flag and broadcast the recordings to educate passersby on environmental protection. And that’s about it. However the enthusiasm of the volunteer from Dali woke me up. He raised his head, slightly jumping up to speak loudly to the truck drivers in the driving seat,’protect the environment, don’t throw trash on the ground!’ None of the drivers showed any impatience. All returned with either a smile or a nod or a wave of their hands. While laughing at his funny postures and faces, I applaud for him in my mind. The drowsiness that accompanied me most of the day was gone immediately as well. 

After we were back in the station, I witness the ’never relax Dr. Han’ again. Since the morning a few days ago while we did the routine cleaning after breakfast, I’ve been respecting her a lot. I saw the over seventy years old Dr. Han sweeping the floor outside the kitchen, so I said to her, ‘let me do it, why don’t you take a rest.’ Then I got the response immediately,’ what’s a rest for?’ And today we saw her washing the Greatwall pickup back in the station. This pickup is used in the wild a lot, every time it unavoidably got covered in mud, the inside is not much better either. Dr. Han couldn’t stand to see it like that. Later in the evening, after dinner, she was helping to clean the kitchen again. We felt bad to let her do it but she grinned to us and said naughtily, ‘I have the elderly ADHD, don’t you know that?’

Close to nine in the evening, Tuotuo River is welcoming the golden sunset accompanied with a short while of a huge complete rainbow. Although today’s sunset was among the ‘ugly’ ones in Tuotuo River, it satisfied our needs to take sunset photos. The day waken up by everyone’s enthusiasm has ended perfectly. 


今日莫名乏累,从一大早到下午都很困,虽然也睡了不短的时间。直到和新上岗的志愿者们出门拉调。通常我们除了捡拾可回收垃圾,记录品牌以外,只是身上挂着小蜜蜂循环播放事先录好的汉、藏双语的环保宣传录音,扛着小旗子,对途径的路人进行宣传教育。然而今天大理志愿者的鸡血却突然叫醒了我。他仰着头跳着脚朝大卡车里的司机们大声喊到:“注意保护环境哦,不要乱扔垃圾!”司机们并无一人表示莫名其妙或不耐烦,每个人都报以微笑或点头或挥手致意。我一边被他的大胆逗得哈哈大笑,一边在暗自为他鼓掌。大半天的困乏也因此一扫而光。

回到站里更是亲眼见识了“闲不下来的寒大夫”。自从几天前清晨的大扫除我便对她敬佩无比。站里的规矩是早饭后全员分工分区域大扫除。我见到七十多岁的寒大夫拿着扫把扫走廊,便对她说,我来吧,您歇会儿。结果被秒怼:“要歇干嘛?”今天回到站里发现她竟然在洗车。常跑野外的长城皮卡,每一趟都会溅得满车泥,车内的状况也好不到哪去,寒大夫实在看不下去了。再后来,吃完饭寒大夫又在收拾厨房,大家都觉得不好意思了,谁料寒大夫冲大伙儿一笑,调皮地说:“我有老年多动症你们不知道嘛?”

时间接近晚上九点,沱沱河日落(并出现了一小会儿完整的大彩虹),虽说这在沱沱河日落中“算比较难看的”,也终于满足了大家拍日落的夙愿。被大家的鸡血叫醒的一天,完美收官。

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