Monthly Archives: March 2016

Day 6 – Homeward Bound

I am again sorry for the delayed post. As you will see, we had some challenges in Miami, making it impossible to complete this post until late. At that point I wished to be certain the team made it home safely which I can thankfully report we did.

So here goes:

After a night of reminiscing and speculating about our future, we all eventually turned in for the night. However, it would not be so for the big city wildlife. There remains no shortage of dogs and roosters and they are all on their own clock….wide awake from midnight to 6AM. There is definitely some nostalgia to this but I am reminded why we prefer to work outside the urban areas, where the need is often much greater. Despite all of that, this remains the most desired location in the city for us! Read More

Day 5 – Travels and Tribulations

Last night we slept with great anticipation for our travels to come. We awoke and packed our belongings for the return trip. We had one last breakfast with our hosts and the other team before we trekked back down to the beach landing area. Once all luggage was loaded and passengers on board, we shoved off for the 45 minute boat ride to the Les Cayes pier. Clearly we will see this place again and I am certain for many years to come as we march on towards our ultimate goals.

The day was calm with gentle rollers and a following breeze as we made the journey. We were even shaded from the sun for part of the trip so it was not too warm. All in all, this leg was a pleasant one as we took in the beautiful coastline and clear blue water one last time, accompanied all the way by our guardian angel, Léon. Read More

Day 4 – Making Connections

Last night was punctuated by cards, cards, and yes, more cards. There was even a late night final cutthroat game between Carey and Jenny. In case you are wondering, JennyMa is the reigning champ at Tourette’s, and every other card game known. It was a later night than usual, but sleep came quickly again for most.

We awoke to another tasty breakfast and then ventured on a “walkabout” of the western island. I am told we walked nearly 4 miles and 9 thousand steps. The views are breathtaking! It still boggles the mind that this island paradise remains nearly untouched and undeveloped. However, the thought of that progress, despite the intended benefit, comes with great apprehension. Read More

Day 3 – A New Day Dawns

As anticipated last night, by the wonderful smells of dinner, the food was just as delicious. We were treated to a delicious macaroni casserole, tasty chicken and dirty rice with creole sauce…yum!! We continue to be spoiled by our host, Léon, and last night he was even our chef! He is truly a master of many skills.

After dinner, we enjoyed  our own version of “The Wild Kingdom”…gecko vs cricket…in case you are wondering, the cricket lived to chirp another day. Shortly thereafter, and after another refreshing cold shower, most of us retired for the evening. Thankfully the fans ran all night, because the air was very very still. Due to another very busy day, sleep came quickly and only around 4 AM was I awakened by our resident cricket. You see a theme here…apparently the crickets have an internal clock…and we need more geckos (sorry Melila). After 6 years, I may need to change my ringtone from a rooster to a cricket chirp…sorry Mylinda!! Read More

Day 2 – A Day for Exploring

As expected last night, after a return to the cold shower experience and once the lights went out…so did we. We were treated to generator power all night running a fan, which meant I didn’t hear any wildlife except for a lone cricket who apparently took up residence in our bathroom. In fact, I didn’t even stir until after 4 AM. Seriously, no dogs barking, no donkeys braying, no sheep baah-ing  (not sure if that’s actually a word), no bears and believe it or not, I did not hear the first rooster until after 6 o’clock! The chickens must be much smarter on this island paradise…but no less tasty!

Breakfast was served around eight, and we figured we all must have slept nearly ten or more hours; an unusual, but much needed treat. Of course, that was just the first of many. After breakfast, we explored the surrounding area. We saw the orphanage that houses 11 boys from age three to eighteen. We then walked the road to see additional properties owned by Léon, and Grace Ministries of Ile a Vache.  Of course, this was the source of much excitement for us. We walked three different properties and the 3rd was the crown jewel – expansive, gentle slope, open to cooling breezes, direct line of sight to a cell tower (and the excellent connectivity that comes with that), and also some of the best views of the ocean on the island! We are thinking this may be the ideal site for a future medical center to serve a population in great need. Read More