After a great Friday morning of a couple of last projects at the bodega, we took a hike into the rain forest - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. When we reached our turn-around point, we learned why they call it a "rain" forest. :-)
Friday afternoon, we said our farewells to the staff who supported and encouraged us, turned our backs on the kids (it's easier that way for both the kids and for us) to hide our smiles and our tears, loaded up our stuff and left Shell, challenged, enriched and tired.
We enjoyed an overnight at a marvelous inn in Banos where we had magnificent views of the waterfall, had a chance to see the sights, hear the sounds, and taste the flavors of the resort-type community.
Then it was back to Quito for one last stay at the guesthouse there (the best showers in the world!).
We arose at 3:00 am Sunday so we could get to the airport, through customs and onboard for our flight to Houston. There were a few delays there, waiting for our plane to arrive but we finally landed in Minneapolis at 7:30 pm - a long day. When we arrived, we learned that a snow storm had closed I-94 so we got to spend another night in Minneapolis.
Roads on the way back were good in spots but a bit tricky much of the way. We arrived home to more than a foot of fresh new snow.
Now bags are unpacked, clothes are in the wash, we've shown pictures to the family and it's time to reflect on what we've seen, heard, tasted, smelled and - most important - learned about ourselves, about the team, about the kids, about the VERY special place called Casa de Fe.
More pics will be posted soon.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Standing L-R: Dan Madson, Walt Fadness, Patti Sue, Rae Holte, Jeff Holte, Erling Opskar, Jordan Richardson, Jon Moore, Patty Beil.
Sitting on sofa L-R: Estelle Hanson, Tammy Sadek, Pat Beil, Coni Horsager, Wayne Horsager, Grant Richardson, Sarah Pruett.
Sitting L-R: Pastor Dan Forsberg, Tandy, Jonathon, Dwight (Casa de Fe staff)