Helping Honduras …


Play day!
June 1, 2016, 9:35 pm
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I can’t quite believe it has been a week since the advance team left Dallas. Maybe that’s because I missed one full day of work and had to leave early twice thanks to the GI bug (that I am finally beginning to believe is done with me, knock wood).

The pharmacy operated very well in my absence, thanks to Martha, David, Claudette, and Cubie. All of the teams are full of people who find being here and helping a joyful thing.  At reflections last night, all teams reported productive days.  And just about everyone was ready for a break — more because of the heat, I think, than because of the work.

Most people slept in today.  But by about 8:00, a group was headed to the Mayan ruins.  By nine a group was ready to tour a coffee finca.  At about 9:30, Scot and I took  moto-taxi to the Parqe de Aves (Macaw Mountain Bird Park).  The park now has guides, something new since our last visit two or three years ago.  Our guide, Miuri, was very good.  We learned much more about the park’s rescue and release program than we had in the first two visits combined.  So many beautiful birds! Scarlett guacamayas (the national bird of Honduras), blue guacamayas, green guacamayas, parrots, paraqueets, parrotlets.  Two species of toucans.  Owls.  Hawks.  And a recently rescued dog.

The moto-taxi ride back to town, down the mountain on the bad roads and cobblestone streets, made me appreciate my bus rides in Denton a bit more — at least those rides don’t leave me feeling as if I’ve been punched in the kidneys!

By noon, it was quite hot, so we had lunch and then went to our cool room  to nap.  We were up later to chat with friends and to learn about their adventures.  One pair had managed to tour the ruins, tour the bird park, and do the canopy tour.  I was impressed!  We had a birthday celebration for Gloria, one of our drivers, with a cake from Welchez Cafe — the best place in town for dessert.

Dinner tonight was on a second-floor terrace, with good food, good conversation, and a nice breeze.  I am so glad the sun sets early here — things really do begin to cool off.  Right now, I am working poolside, enjoying the sound of the little waterfall.  Off to bed soon — another day of work tomorrow.

imagePadre Chris at Morning Prayer yesterday.  It is absolutely wonderful to have his parents, Darlene and Wendell, on this trip with us.

 

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