|Western Guatemalan highlands, as seen from our car.|
|A common site along the road.|
To get to this community we drove on a very rocky, steep road for more than an hour around the volcano from Sibinal, often having to use 4-wheel drive. It was a bumpy ride. We arrived and these students welcomed us. The community has one road that leads to the school, and then to get to the homes there is a trail straight up the side of Tacana to the community members' homes. This trail is one of two approaches to summit the volcano.
|The welcoming committee.|
|Watching the students play soccer.|
|Fast buddies. These girls helped Ellie pick flowers.|
|This little girl was washing her cup in the outdoor kitchen sink.|
|A greenhouse full of flowers.|
|A special flower with healing properties that is dried to make tea.|
|More flowers in the greenhouse ready to be cut and sold.|
(And a daughter of one family with a greenhouse.)
|First sign of strawberries.|
|Almost every house had several plants growing like this one.|
After visiting each house we hiked up more to visit more homes and greenhouses.
|Three levels of greenhouses, each owned and operated by a different family.|
|We hiked up this volcano to about 8500 feet for over 30 minutes. The volcano's peak reaches over 13,000 feet.|
|The kitchen where chicken soup was cooking on the stove.|
|The girls seem to make friends wherever we go.|
("The dining room")
|The border between Guatemala and Mexico, divided by occasional cement markers.|
We headed back to Sibinal to take a hot shower and eat some comida tipica, reflecting on the harsh reality of living on the side of an active volcano. We are excited to work with these communities in the coming years. More pictures to come.