Seeing the boys do it regularly, the missionary girls decided to take a mother/daughter weekend hike! I thought this would be a good time to go with Trinity and Grace, so we got packed and ready! We all drove to Zanglais and stayed the first night at a guesthouse. We took our time that evening deciding what was going on our backs and what was going on the mules (hey, we are girls, so you can’t expect us to carry everything up the mountain!) After a good nights rest, we were ready to attack the trails and set up camp by nightfall on top of a mountain! We were all excited! Three pack mules carried supplies (felt a little sorry for them with all our stuff!) and they were led by Haitian guides.
Did you know that every mule is marked on their back with the form of a cross? We found that quite interesting!
Climbing up the mountain didn’t come without sweat or pain, but our excitement motivated us to keep going! There were areas of the trail that were tougher than others. There were some very thorny bushes and occasionally some sharp branches. One time my hat took the hit but my head was spared! (the same branch hit my friend in the head on the way down!) The views on the way up were magnificent! We took a few breaks to rest and drink our water and just look. We encountered some Haitians along the path, usually they were walking with their goats or cows.
The views at the top were breathtaking! When we reached our destination in 2 -1/2 hours, there was more mountains around us plus the ocean on the one side. It was gorgeous! If it is this beautiful on the earth, what will heaven be like?
As soon as we arrived the younger girls wanted to go see the spring close by and maybe take a swim in it. But the spring was only a foot deep and the girls just played in it. There were two girls who decided they would wash their hair but NOT Grace. She said she was content the way she was!
We had three tents, two were used by all us girls, and one was for the Haitian guides. It was a bit colder than we were used to, so the jackets, blankets and sleeping bags that reached the top were wonderful! As was the fellowship, laughter and memories made!