Time Outside the City
You know that you're a "bad" blogger when it takes you three weeks to post two days worth of pictures and comments. Our plan was/is to post pictures from each day of our trip...At this rate we should be done around March.
Day two was our favorite day of the trip. We started by visiting with the in-laws (Elita's mother-in-law and father-in-law) before treking through the jungle and up a mountain to the coolest waterfall in the world. (We visited the third tallest waterfall in the world on day four, but this waterfall gets my vote for the "most-totally-awesomemest.") The adventure was led by Elita's father-in-law, who, at sixty+ years of age, hacked his way through thick underbrush and scaled steep inclines to guide us to this hidden paradise. And as if this wasn't impressive enough, he carried Zeke on his back during most of the hike home.
The kids were pretty impressive as well. The hike to the waterfall took nearly two hours and the kids (including Chi) walked the entire way. Raechel and I hypothisize that following a man with a machete (who they now call "machete-man") as he cut a route through the dense foilage of the jungle endowed the kids with supernatural power. I think they could of kept walking for another couple of hours...
In a word this adventure was AWESOME!!!
After the hike we returned to the in-laws' for dinner. We were soaking wet from walking the last 20 minutes in pouring rain and were given dry clothes to change into. (Check out Raechel's sweet, skin-tight, brown garb...She is stunning regardless of what she wears, but I really enjoyed the spandex and striped sweater.) The kids LOVED this house. It was filled with animals (cats - for mousing, and everthing else - including the guinea pigs - for eating). The kids were diffinately in their element.
Enjoy the pictures.
Eli showing off the machete
Getting some sweet lemons from a tree right off the path
Chi and mom enjoying some of the lemons
A log bridge that we crossed
Bananas growing wild
Crossing the creek where only a few of us got wet
Zeke being carried home on the perilous path by a 60 year old man
We took shelter from the rain in a very primitive house with an amazing view and some puppies for the kids to play with
The sweet brown spandex
The guinea pigs fattening up for the market...yum yum
The fire where are dinner was prepared
Chi and Lily helping to make chifles (fried banana chips)
Our chicken dinner
In the kitchen where the whole chicken was being prepared for the fire and below is coffee beans being dried out and prepared to sell