One of the really great things about living in a place like Haiti is the fun of exploring new places and seeing new things. Haiti is a breathtakingly beautiful country. We happily take any chance we get to take a break and have fun as a family exploring! We’ve especially been enjoying this as the kids are getting older and are capable of doing more.
In the beginning of February, Tessa and I had the opportunity to go on a hike and campout with other moms and daughters and single ladies. This is the same hike Rob and Drew did in the fall with other fathers and sons. There were 12 of us all together. We hiked 3 hours up a to the top of mountain that sits behind the Retreat Center. It was the hardest hike I had ever done! Of course Tessa and the other little girls are mountain goats and made it look so easy. We packed all of our supplies (including water for the hike up, food for the weekend and tents) onto 3 mules who carried it all up the mountain. I was thankful for that! There is a water source near the top so we were able to collect and treat water once there.
The whole group ready to go:
The younger girls, halfway up the mountain:
View of our campsite at the top:
We had a great weekend on the top of that mountain relaxing, exploring the area, enjoying the view, and talking. The younger girls enjoyed playing hide and seek, freeze tag, collecting wildflowers and running around. We had a service together Sunday morning and then hiked down the mountain after lunch. Down was the hardest part!
Rob and Braden recently took a ride on the motorcycle to go exploring around Cayes. They stumbled upon the ruins of an old French sugar plantation dating back to before the revolution during the time of slavery. The next day Rob took all the kids back there and came across the path of a Haitian man who knew a lot of the history of the place. They really enjoyed talking to him and they learned a lot!
This country has such raw beauty and a rich history. We are so glad we get to enjoy some of it!