Friday, April 26, 2013
We woke up early this morning (the start of a reoccurring trend for the rest of the trip) in time to watch the sunrise from the beach. It was gorgeous!
Some machete-chopped watermelon and a bit of coffee later, we packed up our three trucks and began the long ride from Sambo Creek to Hotel Moskitia.
We stopped at the Hospital in Cereboia along the way and picked up a few more doctors – Baison, Ivis, and party-boy Melvin. Myself, Jaynsen, and Sug rode on the back of one of trucks (with the wind molding my hair into dreadlocks) after leaving the hospital in La Ceiba.
We picked up Dr. Alyssa and Isaac (Jesus’ son) a bit before we spent a good chunk of the ride off-roadding on the beach. Isaac and I went sand dollar hunting when we took a short break on the beach.
When we arrived to the little village that Jesus and Mario are from, I couldn’t help but fall in love with some kiddies (the first of MANY), Charlie and Rosa. Charlie didn’t speak yet but Rosa made up for his lack of words – she is a spitball!
Sweet coconut bread made by Jesus’ sister! Mmmmm!
We unloaded the trucks and packed everything on to two canoes to take across the river to La Moskitia Hotel in Palacios, where we would stay for the night. Jesus and Mario’s sister Julia who would be traveling up river with us, lives in Palacios with her beautiful family.
(Dr. Richard warming his muscles up for the contest he didn’t yet know he was going to have in Las Marias a few days later!)
Sug got a little wet….
Once all the luggage and boxes of medicines were unloaded, we took a short walk down to a little restaurant for dinner where we were served fresh tortillas, black beans, avocado, and cheese (olancho, maybe?? the hard, salty, white kind that is a common part of the cuisine down there…). Yum!
After dinner and a shower, while laying in bed in the hot and stinky Room 6 (//storage room since it is ground level and closest to the dock) that Sug and I shared, I couldn’t help but to feel so grateful to have met my Alabama friends in Bermuda last year. I wouldn’t be here without them and with all the inspiring people that are surrounding me on this trip, I know it was meant to be!