|with the IMM class|
The above pictures were taken at this year's graduation. After graduation, there were less students around, so they were able to take more trips, such as to the waterfalls.
|how to make room for everyone|
|of course, when there was work that needed to be done, they each had more to do|
Working with other volunteers gives great learning opportunities
When fires got too close to the property, more learning opportunities presented themselves. When the teachers and students burned their slash-and-burn hillside for planting mountain rice, we ended up being facing a little more learning than we wanted.
The fire jumped the fire break on one end - where nobody saw it. I was running behind my intended schedule - and had a view of the fire just late enough to see that it was starting to grow in the wrong direction. I told Schane that I was going to take a look at the fire - just in case. When I told him that, he immediately thought - oh no, here we go again (it's a long story, but last time I had told him that it had also been too much learning).
I took a hoe and a rake, and left a rake for Schane to take. Soon we were working our way up the hillside getting the fire controlled ( successfully this time, thanks largely to the previous learning experience). I broke my rake, so Schane gave me his. After a while, I broke that rake too. Schane gave me the hoe and went back for another one. I had sent a student to tell a teacher about the uncontrolled fire - he came with a crew and soon had the rest of the fire controlled. Then we all went to the Steck's house for some much needed water.
At the Steck's house, we found Schane and a few students mopping up a fire in the banana orchard beside the house. When Schane had returned there, he had found the orchard burning - soon to threaten the house. We were sure glad I had broken the rake at the right time - that fire would have most likely reached the house without Schane's intervention.
After that, the hillside fire jumped another fire break, and we ended up having a large crew scrambling for a few hours to control it. Fortunately, we kept the fire away from anything important. That day had to be experienced to be really appreciated - with a simple change of wind or timing, it could have turned out far differently.
|the crew did back-burning to protect this mango orchard|
I got a few good hikes in during the last few weeks. I think my favorite was exploring up a stream, going from waterfall to pool to waterfall to pool more than a dozen times. It was a fun challenge - challenging enough that I don't have pictures though.
On my last Sabbath there a few of us went to a favorite rock outcropping.
|fun vine to climb and descend|