We started off our trip Wednesday morning. We had had 3 hours of sleep, since we were up so late packing the night before. We had plans to leave by 6am, but by the time we got the van packed, everybody in and the doors of the house all locked up, it was actually a little after 8am. Oh well, we weren't really in a big hurry, so it was nice not to be stressed out as we were leaving. I slept like a log until Obregón (3 hrs). We stopped for a bathroom break shortly afterward, and made it to Guasave, Sinaloa, mid-afternoon after a 6 hr drive. We enjoyed a yummy lunch with Leonel, Iemy, Jari, Shyla and Iemy's mom, Doña Emanuela. We had time for some good chats, and the kiddos were able to play for a while before we went to meeting. It was nice to see the believers there again!
|Stands selling dried shrimp|
|There was lots of flooding.|
|Cowboys on the bridge.|
|There's the ocean! This is near Mazatlan.|
|Following Jesse in his truck to get to their house. Most of the roads, except the main one, are cobblestone or dirt.|
|A little store selling hammocks.|
|We just happened to stop beside this little church...|
|...and saw an iguana! (Right in the middle of the picture!)|
|A pretty tree!|
|We saw this man with a herd of goats, all tied together.|
|This truck in front of us was full of chickens. We wondered if they got car sick, too!|
|Gwendalyn and Donovan|
-several small groups of longhorned cattle, with a man, kind of like a shepherd, watching them, keeping them where they would have good grass to eat, but not get into the crops or onto the road.
-animals: cattle, donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, goats, turkeys, llamas, and a large iguana, beside dogs and cats.
-cowboys on horses crossing bridges
-beautiful, lush greenery along side of cacti.
-small huts along the road, selling a variety of foods like dried shrimp, tamales and fruit juices, and then we saw Strawberries! We stopped for some and got a large basket full, freshly picked, plus blackberries.
-Giant grasshoppers that looked like spiders, crossing the roads.
-Pretty butterflies, mostly yellow, but lots of monarchs and viceroys as well.
- a donkey carrying firewood
- wild turkeys
Nobody in our room woke up until 730pm - we all had a good sleep! After breakfast, I went swimming with the kiddos - the Becketts have a big, beautiful pool - then they played more basketball. For lunch, we had spaghetti, and Carmen brought Keren over to play for the afternoon. The littles all went down for a nap, and the older girls went swimming, while Debi and I watched and chatted. Quick showers after that, and then we picked up Andrea, and went out to a torta and taco place. It was so yummy! Then we went downtown, which was pretty crazy with traffic, but neat to see. We met John D down there, who had just arrived. We were then treated to delicious churros! Mika and Shaelyn slept over at Keren's that night.
|Kyla, pretending to be Max - a Bull Mastiff|
|This is Mika, Andy and Joe - I actually caught Mika making a basket!|
|Alisa and Anna|
|Donovan watching the kids swim|
|I would be interested in knowing what grade this hill is on - it looks impossible for all these houses to be there!|
|Carmen decorated this cake|
|It was also Andrea's birthday!|
|I love how you can see Gwennie's arms grabbing Nata here.|
|Joe, Shaelyn and John playing basketball.|
|Right after this picture was taken, Donovan sat right on Gwennie - it was funny, and she didn't seem to mind!|
|Mika and Tim|
|Kyla and Tim|
|Gwendalyn`s first time in a pool|
|Duncan with Donovan, Tim with Gwendalyn - and Nathaniel photo-bombing!|