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Water gushing past front gates!

Water gushing past front gates!

Roads turned into mini rivers

Roads turned into mini rivers

(Mindo Ecuador)  – Many locals tell me that the extreme rains we’ve been receiving are due to the El Nino weather.    When the road along Rio Cinto almost washed away, Barbara and I were part of an impromptu “Minga” where locals work together for the benefit of a community project.   After about fifteen minutes, we were able to drive through the ‘rock bridge’ that crossed the washout.

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Wait, I think I know that worker in the blue jacket! And that’s the lady that drives the milk truck in the white shirt!

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I tried to move this stone, and the gallant neighbor volunteered to help!

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Work gets easier when the community joins forces!

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The milk truck made it through, so now it’s our turn!?

Several hours later, the municipality’s dump trucks arrived and quickly patched the road.  We are told that they will be back this week for more intense work on the roads in the area.

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Little landslides provide material to repair the roads

Barb can now add “Road Construction Work” to her quickly-expanding resume!

The  waterfalls in the area are quite impressive.  Stay tuned for a story about Barbara's cattle-wrangling talents!

The waterfalls in the area are quite impressive. Stay tuned for a story about Barbara’s cattle-wrangling talents!

Until next report,

Lisa (and Barb!)

 

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