|First road trip for our new kids. They did great!|
Adriana, David, and Paula with Daddy at the wheel!
On this trip we took our good friends Danyelle Graves and Franco Moron. I think anyone who knows them very well, knows that they are pretty serious about each other!! (Understatement!;) Since this trip included Camiri, where Franco is from and where most of his family lives, you could guess why they came along!! It was a blessing having the extra hands while traveling with little ones without car seats. It was also great to fellowship and sing together. It really helped pass the long hours in the car!
Our first travel day we traveled from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz. About a ten hour trip. We left at 5 a.m., so we were ready for breakfast by Villa Tunari at 9 a.m. Emily and Danyelle made us yogurt cups with granola!
|Breakfast on the Go!|
|Peter's first road trip, too!|
Lovin' those jungle bananas!
Our first night we spent at the New Tribes Guest House in Santa Cruz. It is one of our favorite spots to relax in Bolivia.
|The Chefs at work again. This time Mexican Food!|
Danyelle and Emily
|Adriana having fun with Daddy!|
|Glad to be out of the car!|
|Everyone relaxing and having a good time at the guest house.|
|Paula enjoying her top bunk!|
|There were lots of these weird/cool caterpillars.|
They had this black "stinger" thing on their tails.
We gave them wide berth!
|Next morning on the way to Camiri|
Emily and Peter
|Looks like we are following the right car!|
|Mark leading the singing at the graduation...|
|The students that graduated...|
|Our dear friends, Mark and Carol Mattix|
|Bottle time on the couch!|
|Cynthia is a great cook! You can't tell from the picture, but|
she is about the height of our Clara.
|The main part of the Rivas' house.|
|Getting ready for dinner and then the Cantatón.|
|Our first Cantatón in Yacuiba|
|Juan Carlos making peanut butter.|
|Breakfast and Peanut Butter Making... Yumminess!!|
|More music practice and swinging. Always swinging!|
|Mark ripping it up on the harmonica|
|Clancy and Emily "jamming"|
Rivas kids with Ruth and Clara
and on into Paraguay, is known as the "chaco". It is a ranching area
that is dry, with lots of scrub trees and vegetation that lives in dry
areas like this. Think thorns and spines! Rudi says that it reminds
him of parts of Texas. And also like Texas, it has its own type of
music that it is known for. It is quite distinctive; I like it for
about four songs and then I am good for awhile!!!
|Emily with the instruments of "The Chaco"|
We spent part of one morning seeing if we could walk into Argentina, just for a few hours as tourists. Unfortunately, we would have had to pay quite a bit of a "tax" to even enter for that long. We opted to take some pictures on the 100 feet of Argentinian soil we were allowed onto and call it good!
|Walking to Argentina...|
|The Argentinian Side of the Sign|
|And.... the Bolivian Side of the Sign|
|Adriana with Mary Magdelena|
While we were at the Rivas' house, one of their older daughters had her birthday. Mary Magdelena turned 17. She and Adriana really hit it off together.
|"Happy birthday, to you..."|
|Paula and Peter!!|
|The four youngest together!|
|The group at the Rivas' place. (Mary is taking the picture)|
|Palm tree forest!|
When we got into Villamontes we found a hostel to stay at and to take showers. After cleaning up, it was time for lunch. We walked to the market where they had a huge area that had one almuerzo completo (complete lunch) place after another. The way these places work is they sell plates of food until they sell out. We had to divide and conquer to get enough plates for all of us. I think we ate from three different places all together! If you want to see what was on the menu, it is above Rudi's head in the picture below!
|Clean and Ready for Lunch!|
|Horita Feliz, Villamontes|
|Our cars in front of the church|
|Myles and Paula|
|Papaya trees. A common sight here...|
|Sharing some special music with the kids...|
|Loved this hen with her chicks!|
|Strolling through Villamontes!|
|David, Paula, and Adriana having fun at the park!|
|All the kids + Jimmy on the far right!|
|Fun in the rocks and sand|
|Soccer Buddies Picture|
I promise they had fun!!!
|The bird that greeted us outside our hotel rooms!|
|Sweet Sisters ready for more travel!!|
|Peter ready to walk???? Please!!!|
|The Elegant Patujú|
Meeting this family was the highlight of the trip for me. Tirzah and her husband, Elisha have four children, two girls and two boys. The oldest daughter is in college in Sucre and their two sons were in school, but her daughter, Erika was there at breakfast with us. They are all such kind people. After breakfast we were talking about the country and how much we miss living outside of the city, when Tirzah told us that they have a property outside of the city that they are building a small little cabin on. They hope to one day live there. She spontaneously said, "Why don't we take them out and show them it." We all hopped into our cars and out we headed to their "country place". It did not disappoint. It was a lovely spot off the beaten track, but still within 10 minutes of the city. It is a property that belonged to her grandparents and now belongs to various family members. I want to say it was something like 1,000 acres total. I know we drove on it for a long time before we got to their place toward the back of the property. Maybe it is bigger than that. I will have to ask Rudi...
|The group at the cabin. Emily taking the picture!|
|The little cabin!|
All too soon it was time to head back to Camiri for us and work and school for them. I hope we get to pass more time with this lovely family someday.
|Wild Ducks on the pond!|
|Myles, Emily, Clara, and Clancy at Pollos Sucre!!|
We made it back to the guest house in Santa Cruz in time for dinner and baths!! The guest house has a Hiper Maxi grocery store right around the corner, so we always walk and get our groceries to make our meals there, super convenient and economical!
We left the next morning by 6 a.m. and made it all the way back to Cochabamba in time for dinner at home!
|My three "Chocolates" in the tub!! So Cute!!|
|Ruth cooling off!|
|Will he jump????|
|Lunch time on the way home, featuring the "Dashboard Deli"!|