Sunday, September 9, 2007

Journey to the Waterfall

Today, Michelle (one of the teachers at the cram school) wanted to take us to a waterfall that was in the national park that is very close to Yuli. So our day started out by going to church, then lunch, then some shopping (because I hadn't had enough) and then to the house to get ready for our bike ride. I was anticipating maybe a mile or so... that is not what I had gotten myself into. The starting point was our house. We began the ride and it was not to bad to start with. There was a nice cool breeze blowing, there was good conversation... but then the hills started to get steeper and steeper. And my legs began to burn more and more. I was doing pretty good... and so was the rest of the riders... that is until we were passing by this house, and there was a dog that apparently didn't belong there messing with this ladies dogs. She must have had enough of him so she threw a bowl (yes a bowl) at the dog. This all just so happened to take place right as Susanna was riding by the gate. The dog took off and Susanna hit the dog which in turn made her go tumbling to the ground. But, the good thing was, all parties involved were fine and suffered no life threatening injuries. So we began our ride back up again. We reached this bridge that sat between two mountains and all the sudden it started to pour raining. This did not surprise us because we had anticipated the rain because when we left the house it was very dark over the way that we were headed (it has rained every day since Thursday). The rain was a welcoming cool down because of the already long bike ride. We finally reached the visitors center. We went in to the little gift shop (soaking wet) and looked at the different things that they were selling before heading over to the little park exhibit that they had. It talked about the different trees and wildlife that you could see in the park. And they also had this mock up of one of the indigenous tribes houses. It was pretty cool. We decided to take pictures and that kind of touristy stuff. We then watched a movie (in English) about the park and a bunch of other different things. It was about time that we start heading to the waterfall since that was the whole reason that we took this Tour de Frace-esque joureny. Where the vistors center was was a beautiful place. It backed up to a mountain and across the street in front of it was rice patties with really pretty green and then more mountains. And since it was raining the clouds were low which made it even more pretty. So, we decided to take more pictures. We could not resist. We then got back on the way to the waterfall. We rode along about 4 miles or so before we could see off in the distance many small waterfalls up in the mountains. We finally reached the one that we were headed to! There was one tiny problem... it was blocked off with warning tape with many signs saying "Danger! Falling Rocks! Keep Out!" As you could have well guessed, this did not make us very happy. We had ridden all of this way to have to turn around and go back home without getting the chance to see a waterfall. So where it was closed we ended up taking pictures of the water as it flowed on its way to the river. There was also a smaller waterfall that we had passed about 400 yards back that we decided to go and look at and take more pictures. After all of this we headed our soaking wet selves home to warm up and put some dry clothes on. It was so amazing to take in the beauty of the countryside that God so wonderfully created. So all in all we got to see a waterfall. Not necessarily the one that we had hoped. But it was still an amazing ride... and a very wet one to...

Psalm 148

Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. He hath

also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours;

stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Hello, Austin.

Thank you for your blog and updates. It sounds like you are seeing and experiencing many new things by God's grace.

How about telling us about the friends in your pictures: are they teachers as well? Where are they from? Introduce us to them.

We pray for you constantly.

in Christ,
Bro Jeff