I knew today was going to be a stand out day when I awoke to find out that my room did not have any electricity and it was raining. It usually only rains in the afternoon, so rain in the morning means is really going to be wet. As it turns out, it wasn’t just my room that was out of power, it was the whole town. Apparently, this is totally not unusual. It makes one thankful for the simple things, like electricity on a regular basis. After breakfast and loading up the truck, we headed out to our first stove build. It was still raining when the loaded up truck stopped near the side of the road. We were then told that this house was quite a ways back on a trail, so I ventured out to see how far back it was. This abode was about 1/4 mile back over a stream, up and down the side of a mountain on a very slippery and narrow path. After some searching, we were able to find an alternate path back to the dwelling that wasn’t quite as long and only slightly treacherous. After that stove was put in, we split into two groups. One group went back to load the truck and deliver the parts to the second location. The other group went to the help bring food to the feeding station. The feeding station (not the proper term) is where children in the area go to get a nutritious meal, probably the only one they get daily. At that location, they feed ~100 kids a day. Both groups then met up for lunch. I was in the second group. At lunch, the first group described to us how slippery the terrain was at the second location. It was so slippery that one member fell while carrying some of the stove pieces. She was fine but the bricks did not make it. They were delicate to begin with. When we got to the second location to start on the stove, the resident wanted the new stove close enough to the old one that we had to remove the old one before we began the new. Well, we took so much time at that site that the delivery team went ahead a started on the third stove themselves, which was good because we were quickly running out of daylight. Apparently, the third site was even more slippery than the first. Luckily for us there were several gentlemen from East King County (habitatekc.org) nearby on a habitat build. They were kind enough to do the majority of the heavy lifting and bring the stove pieces down to the home. We want to take this space to thank those men who could not have been more in the right place at the right time. Thank You. Despite all the bricks making to the site safely, we were able to find a way to break some more before they got installed. Ooopps! Lastly, but certainly not the least, we were able to go out to a “cultural dinner”. During the meal, our host described some of Mayan culture and we got to listen to Mayan music played by what appeared to be the owners daughters. To top that off, the meal was D-lisc-ious!