Through a series of small but stressful incidents we have finally arrived at the bamboo base.
First off is the reality that we are traveling in the time of COVID. What at first glance seemed like a dream with nearly empty plane and an upgrade to first class , turned quite suddenly into a “ no were sorry folks, but without your health screen bar code downloaded we can’t allow you to board the plane.”
So there we were at LAX airport, scrambling like mad cows to fill out our forms and download some obscure international health screening. After a few “ help me Jesus” under our breath we were permitted to board as the door closed on our heels. It didn’t get much better after we landed in San Jose, as the immigration authority did not recognize our health barcodes.
Eventually we worked it out, only to be waylaid by a no show rental car shuttle.
Eventually that worked out as well, and after saying the serenity prayer to each other we set off for a 5 hr trip at 40 mph due to heavy construction. Because of poor sleep on the red eye flight this made the drive seem twice as long.
But eh! At least it’s 90+ degrees out and not sub zero freezing cold, as most of you back home are enduring.
Exhausted and overwhelmed by the dilapidated state of the vacant bamboo base house, we turned our worries over to God, and turned ourselves in under the mosquito screened floor mattress to bed as the sunset on this day.
Tomorrow is another day.
As the electric fans which kept us somewhat cool all night cut off this morning, the water turned back on. Seems we can’t have both luxuries at the same time. But now we can make coffee, as soon as we chase the cockroaches out of our coffee cups.
Sitting in our hammocks reviewing the past and future, we settled on the joy available to us in the here and now. Refusing to be burdened by the task ahead, we found encouragement in our own current company and the restorative knowledge that we are indeed NOT alone, as we gathered your prayers around us like a security blanket of hope.
Today we begin cleaning up this place much like one might go about eating an elephant... one bite at a time
Stay tuned for more jungle news, it’s great to be back with the BriBri.
"And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16