This morning when I woke up I came downstairs and sat down in one of the three hammocks. When I was relaxing in the hammock, a dove flew on to the post that the hammock was secured to. Then another dove came in and stole the spot. After that, another dove got jealous and stole the same spot but he didn’t really want it either, he just didn’t want the other dove to have a superior spot.
After we ate an amazing breakfast, prepared by Bianca, Kai, and Ava, we went out to the worksite at the CAM school where we are coating a fish in concrete to make it into a durable, long-lasting recycle bin. We got to meet the kids at the school. We went into the first out of five classrooms and met kids that were preparing for preschool. They had a play area behind the classroom so after lessons, the kids could release some of their energy, which personally I think is an amazing idea.
I think the school is an amazing school that could have been helpful for me when I was younger because I have dyslexia. I thought it was a great environment to be in. All the kids said hi to us, especially a little girl in one classroom who gave us a big hug. She then told Ava she looked like Elsa from the movie Frozen and said that she was Ana.
In another classroom, high schoolers were making colorful eggs that were filled with confetti that you could buy as a fundraiser and have egg fights with. In the last classroom they had a carpet and depending on where you were it would make a different noise so that kids who have trouble seeing know where to go and where other people are in the room.
We were told if we were able to completely get a layer of paper mache cloth with concrete over the fish we could go out for dinner. So we worked extra hard and completely covered the fish in our cement paper mache. When we originally came to the worksite the fish didn’t look super great, a third of the way covered in half-nice cement paper mache. At the end of the day it was a nice smooth giant concrete, almost completely coated, fish. Our next steps are to finish covering it in concrete and then paint it.
Half way through the fish we went out to get fish tacos which is the best food in existence in my opinion. For dinner we went to a place called Super Burro which had amazing, big burritos. Along with the burrito they had a big tray of toppings. They had many types of salsa, and cabbage. We went for a walk on the beach and danced when random cars that played loud music drove by and then went to bed. Mexico is amazing.
~Rohan, Middle School Student
January 25, 2020
I awoke to the cool morning Loreto air and the sounds of the daily bustle outside my window. I got up and went down the stairs to a breakfast of avocado toast and eggs (the avocados here are far superior to the ones we can get in Bellingham). After finishing our delicious meal we gathered our forces and walked down the street to the Loreto town square, where a small farmers market was taking place. They had vendors selling jewelry, baked goods, vegetables, food, and souvenirs for the tourists. One of the good things about Mexico is that food is very inexpensive. We got a whole pie for just 100 pesos (about $5 US dollars). After our shopping, we went back to the inn and then piled into an old van that you can tell needs some oil. As we drove we watched the landscape change from the dust-covered streets of Loreto to the wild mass of cacti and thorny shrubs that inhabit the desert. The drive was about 10 minutes and it ended at a strange place to find in the desert: a farm. When I looked at it from afar it seemed like it didn’t belong, with its rows of veggies and other crops, but there it was.
At the farm they grow just about every type of vegetable they can, which is actually a surprising amount. They had everything from kale to oranges. They also had goats, pigs, and chickens. Gerardo talked to us about how hard it is to grow veggies in the desert, and the different ways that Baja farmers make the most efficient use of their limited water. Then we all went into the fields and started picking. We ended up with a huge box of carrots, beets, arugula, chard, collard greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, and much more. We ended the farm tour with a lunch of amazing pork tamales. They were so good (as is everything here). On the way back to the inn we stopped at a small fish market across the highway and got lots of fish. We also stopped at a tortilla factory and got 4 dozen tortillas.
After a rest, we headed down to the kitchen where Gerardo showed us how to prepare clams with limes, queso, and chipotle sauce. We made a feast of farm veggies, seafood, and tortillas. We invited the other guests at the inn, and shared a wonderful meal.
~Nate, Middle School Student