Where we were.
How we got there.
Where we slept – that’s Kay Rolling on the left.
Where we spent many lazy hours.
If only we hadn’t forgotten rope to hang the hammocks…
On Friday we loaded up Lauren’s truck in Montrouis and headed out. After a stop in Port au Prince to pick up generators and a cousin we continued on to Ti Goave. Stocked up on Coke and Sprite and water and gas and we headed for the beach where we loaded everything into the boat, our mode of transport. There is no road to Balenye.

When we got close I saw the beach and two houses. I was thinking that maybe we were heading for the more run down one down the beach, but then Lauren’s sister said, “We have to weave our way in because the sand can be high in places” and I realized we were headed for paradise. There was squishy grass next to white, white sand under an army of coconut trees. It was charming and beautiful and enticing. And we got to spend three days there.

We unpacked and quickly settled in, which really isn’t hard when you’ve only got a duffel bag to deal with and you can live in your bathing suit for the weekend. We swam, we ate, the rest of our group arrived, and we set up the tent before the sun went down. We made new friends, we laughed, we slept and then we started all over the next day, with coffee of course. It was wonderful for us to have someone else take care of all of the logistics. Usually Chris gets that role and it means he doesn’t usually have all that much fun. It was nice for us to be able to sit back and let someone else do that and truly relax.
This is now one of our new favorite places in all of Haiti. Sigh.
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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

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