Thursday, July 18, 2013

Little Summer Getaway

Thursday, July 11 

The Toyota's tires dig into the mud as I maneuver my way to the airport. Although Tropical Storm Chantal had dissipated several hours before it was scheduled to strike the night before; it left in her trail a steady drizzle that had turned the dirt roads into a sloppy, muddy mess. 

My mind is spinning. 

Only a few days earlier our team had left and I'm still not finished all the work that comes along with hosting a group. There is still more laundry to be washed and folded, food cupboards to be checked and restocked, and journal entries to be posted. 

Besides that, I didn't have much time to pack for our little getaway to Haiti's south coast. What if I had forgotten something important in my haste?

It's too late to go back now, I remind myself. No use worrying about something you may have forgotten. Plus we really could use a little break. 

So far this summer has been really busy; with MAF short staffed Jason has been working 6 days a week for over a month. It had taken a little organizing to schedule a few days off and it would not be easy to change the dates; even though I don't feel quite ready to go anywhere, and the weather isn't what we had hoped for.

It's also been 8 months since our last mini vacation and that one hadn't gone so well. Over American thanksgiving we had flown with friends to the Dominican Republic to visit family there. Already feeling slightly ill on the trip over, I had continued to get sicker until I ended up in the hospital with Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever and nearly died.

I slow down a little to avoid splashing a pedestrian as I roll through a giant puddle.

Just make the best of it and try to relax.

We arrive at the domestic terminal a few minutes later. I motion for some baggage handlers to help me carry our bags and then head on through security. Once our baggage has been weighed and manifested, we head out onto the tarmac. 

My two little helpers push the baggage cart to the waiting airplane.

We meet up with our friends the Van Maren's who had just caught a flight from Pignon to Port au Prince and are ready to join us now.

Once airborne, my muddled thoughts begin to clear and I simply enjoy the view.

We cross over the bay and I admire the different colours in the water. 

The clouds begin to lift as we leave the city behind us. 

Looks like the weather might not be so bad after all!

The city gives way to mountains.

Twelve minutes later Jacmel is in sight, along with beautiful blue skies!

At the airport Jason hails a tap tap.

We pile in and head on over to a charming boutique hotel located above a picturesque cove.

Tall palm trees tower overhead.

I pause to admire a bright hibiscus blooming on the grounds.

We enjoy the spectacular view from the balcony.

Words fail to describe the beauty we see!

Lunch consists of tasty club sandwiches and fries.

Since breakfast was a long time ago, the food disappears in a hurry.

After lunch we head down to the beach.

We dig our toes into the sand and build castles on the sea shore.

When the castle is finished and our bodies our gritty with sand, we splash, dive, play and kayak in the turquoise water. 

Dinner that night is delicious pizza.

The boys wake up early the following morning and enjoy some time swinging in the hammock.

A pretty bouquet of fresh flowers greets us on our breakfast table.

We enjoy a tasty fare of crepes, toast and eggs.

Our friends join us a little later, (apparently their kids are a little better at sleeping in).

We spend our days exploring.

Collecting rocks.

From 2013B
Enjoying pretty views.

Watching waves crash against the shore.

Catching hermit crabs.

Studying katydids up close.

Admiring tropical flowers.

Hanging out with friends.

Splashing in the pool.

Relaxing in the hammock.

And staring up at the coconut trees.

Am I ever glad we went!


  1. Looks like you had a well deserved, great, relaxing time!
    I love those pictures… beautiful!

  2. All things bright and beautiful
    All creatures great and small
    All things wise and wonderful
    Our LORD God made them all!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. glad you got this R & R at such a beautiful place!