As we headed out of Huacareta for Camiri we had no idea that the roads would get WORSE. We crossed more rivers, drove in deeper mud, went on more perilous drop off roads for hours and hours. In the evening we stopped for a bathroom break in a "big" town that I don't remember the name of, and Rudi suggested that we have the car looked at by a mechanic. It was starting to blow black smoke and consume a lot of gas, as well as making funny noises! We waited at the mechanics for at least an hour. When we left the car was still doing all of the above, but somehow it felt better to have had it looked at! I took advantage of the time to take a picture of how dirty our car had gotten during all of our "off roading"!
|Modeling the "dirty door" at the mechanic shop|
|Another shot of our "Mud Stomper"!|
|Mark and Jaime jamming while waiting at the mechanics...|
|Waiting for our car to get done!|
Camiri seemed like downtown New York after where we had been!! We all really enjoyed being in Camiri. I hope that the pictures are able to convey a little of what it is like at the Mattixes!
|Myles opening the door to the Mattix property and Campus!|
Mark and Carol live on one side of the river and the campus/dairy is on the other side. You cross a sturdy bridge to get across to the campus. You will see lots of pictures of this bridge, as we all found it to be super interesting! The name of the river is called the assassin or deceiver in Spanish. Check out the whirlpool at the bottom of the cliff. Many people die in the river each year because they do not respect its whirlpools and undercurrents. At some times of the year it is quite shallow.
|Mark and Carol's "Castle"|
|Under the Castle|
|Inside the "Castle"!|
|On the bridge going to the "Farm"|
|All our pretty girls!|
One of the mornings we were in Camiri, Rudi made his famous Cinnamon Rolls for the students, teachers, and all of us, of course!
|The Maestro at work|
|Rolling them up!|
|Finishing touches with the school's cook helping!|
|Rudi serving the students!|
|Some of the students enjoying the Cinnamon Rolls!|
|Part of the Dairy Operations|
|Paula and Ruth in one of their favorite spots!|
|Ruth in front of a "bottle tree"!|
|Cool Ant Hill!|
We met so many very nice people in Camiri, but Efrain and his wife Yaneth really stood out to us as people we could be friends with for years! Efrain teaches in the mechanic portion of the school. Paula really enjoyed playing with their oldest daughter, Misael, who is three years old! Efrain took Myles fishing early one morning and Myles caught two fish. Only one was really worth mentioning though!
|Myles and Efrain|
|Myles with his prize Catfish|
|A close up of the beauty!|
Everyday we walked back and forth to the school several times for this or that. Our children loved to run and play on the trail!
|On your mark, get set....|
|Paula "Lovin' It"|
I wasn't sure about the location, but everyone was safely baptized and no one was swept away by the river!!
It was a beautiful morning and a beautiful time of celebration as well. Mark gave a short message and we sang some songs together!
|The family waiting to be baptized!|
|Gathering by the river for the baptism.|
The Grand Finale was Sunday night when we did another two hour sing!
|The Band at work again!|
|Clancy helping out with the vocals!|
|The Guitar Band on the other side!|
Now I am going to just post some random pictures that don't really have any rhyme or reason!!
|Mark demonstrating his unicycle skills!! Impressive!|
|Paula with Misael|
|Only certain vehicles fit on this bridge!|
|Booher Family Picture!|
|Enjoying our last lunch in Camiri|
The last night of our trip we spent in Santa Cruz. Other than avoiding large herds of goats and going through lots of little towns, the driving was a dream!! We stayed at the New Tribes Mission Guest house. It was wonderful. We drove all the way home from Santa Cruz to Cochabamba in one day in just nine hours. That was wonderful too! We stopped in Villa Tunari and bought some bananas... The bunch below cost two dollars!
|Home again...with Bananas!!|