On Friday March 18th we headed north to a place called Quillabamba. We were told the 6 hour ride is one of the most beautiful roads in South America. They were right, it was amazing. At first we saw all this beautiful farm land where all the delicious produce we have been eating comes from. I took all the pictures of the scenery out of the bus window. It would have been nice to be able to stop and get better pictures but maybe this will give you and idea of what this drive is like.
|The mountains above these small towns have snow on top. It is the end of summer here and there is still snow so you know we are at a very high altitude.|
|Check out the cement gutter on the side of the road, there is no shoulder room.|
|Most people fall asleep as soon as the bus heads out, but this little lady had her nose pressed against the window the whole 6 hours. I don't blame her the view is so beautiful.|
|The mountains have lots of beautiful waterfalls.|
|We are actually on a road above looking down at the road we have been on (and are still on) as we climb higher and higher up the mountain. All these roads you see are really only one road.|
|Lyle said this area at the top of the mountain reminded him of the tops of the Alps. Note that there are no trees, we are way above the timber line. Notice the thatched roofs on the stone buildings.|
We had a great turn-out of youth all weekend. Here are some pictures of them. They were so fun to work with. They are really good on the computers and once they have their accounts opened and they are taught a couple of things, they just take off with familysearch. This girl did four generations and all the children of every couple. She was incredibly fast and smart. She is a convert of only 3 months. Below are some of the other fast and smart teenagers. They came in on Saturday again to learn indexing. As we teach the youth we try to include indexing. Familysearch needs people who can index in Spanish and this is also a way to get more records on line for the people we are working with. A couple of the girls stayed by us all three days we were there. I loved having them with us.
|This little boy insisted on getting in the picture with his mom and sister.|
We had a great time with the missionaries and the rest of the people in this town. We were able to open accounts for everyone that came, but familysearch was overloaded or something so we couldn't get everyone in to build their trees. This happens a lot. We get all set up with everything working, then just as we get a lot of people ready to put in information on familysearch, the site goes down. It is really unpredictable when or if it will happen, but when it does it is so sad. It is so much work to get us and everyone else together and the internet and the electronics to work well and then familysearch stops working. Luckily it did work most of the time we were there.
We were able to meet President Harbertson and his wife on Sunday. He told us of what wonderful missionaries he has, but he is especially amazed at the Sister missionaries. He said they never complain and they work so hard. For instance, he asked one sister when she was ready to go home what was the percentage of cold showers she took while on her mission. She said 95% were cold and in about 75% of her hot water showers she got a little shock. Hot water in most places here is made by an electric coil wrapped around a hot water pipe. She hadn't complained once, she was a great missionary and loved it. He said she is typical of all the sister missionaries he has had in this mission. We are so grateful for all the missionaries here, they really work hard to make our work easier.
We returned to Cuzco on Monday and I was able to get a few more pictures of the drive. It wasn't as cloudy.
|A banana tree.|
|The road on the jungle side of the mountain, again we are looking down on the road we are still on. A lot of tourist packages include a bicycle ride down this road. Wouldn't that be fun.|
|This is one tired mom and her four adorable girls that sat next to us.|
|The return bus rest stop. All the men just ran out to the edge of this river bank to relieve themselves.|
|Check out all the Jesus stickers on our drivers dashboard. This may increase our safe arrival. Actually the bus drivers are really good, safe drivers. I can't say the same about some of the taxis I have been in.|
|There is the famous chicken soup in a bag that this little boy is holding in his hand. The story at the end of this blog tells the rest of the story about this soup and where it ended up.|
|Some of the mountains look like they have glaciers with 20 foot blue ice.|
Well, another stop and the people in the back that wanted off rushed to the front including a little boy and his father. The man in front of the little boy stopped while waiting for the bus to stop and the door to open. That took too much time because suddenly the little boy started throwing up on top of that frosting that was still on the floor beside me and on the back of that man's pants. The dad grabbed a plastic bag and held it over the boy's mouth to catch the rest. The man in front of the boy saw the throw up that landed on the back of his pants and started shaking it off. I was inches away hoping it wouldn't land on me. Well, they finally got off the bus and the boy felt so much better now that he went skipping off with his dad. Lyle and I just looked at each other and started to laugh. I tried not to think about that frosting and throw-up laying in the aisle beside me for the rest of the trip.
When we got out of the bus, Lyle was telling me about how comfortable and nice that ride was. Not only that but he said he was totally entertained by all the action at the front of the bus. I think next time I will give him the aisle seat.