I love this picture, but I would love it even more if Eric could have been in it with us! I know that my hiking attire is so not ranking on the cute scale. I needed that sweater for a little while though! It was chilly.
Sweet Callie posing with her daddy. The other kids were off playing “Hunger Games”!
There is some terrace farming taking place beyond the trees on the hill.
This shot was taken coming through the mountain pass and overlooking the valley below. The whole day was beautiful and so fun!
The Haitian Pine Forest! Sixty-five degrees and fresh pine air awaited us at the top of the mountains, a welcome change to the hot and dusty streets of Port-au-Prince. It is a rare day when we load up everyone in the middle of the week along with a big bag of muffins, Pringles, and some chocolate bars (that may have melted beyond the point of eating). Ahh, but that is what we did on Ash Wednesday, a day when all of the stores and schools are still closed in Haiti because of Carnival. The beauty of God’s creation surrounded us and at every turn we stood in awe and wonder at the One who made it.
Immediately as we hopped out of the car to hike up a trail through the pine trees, the kids spotted wild strawberries covering the ground. They started picking and eating the strawberries. As soon as they cleared out a patch, they went looking for more. They were delicious, but only enough to whet the appetite for more.
There is no way these wild strawberries would ever truly satisfy my family of eight, but the kids were determined to try! Strawberries are a coveted item amongst my kids. We found a 2 lb pack of imported strawberries at the grocery store for the bargain price of $13 just the other day. Needless to say, we didn’t buy the imported ones. I am pretty sure they didn’t taste as good as the wild ones anyway.
Other cool things we found on our trip to the Pine Forest:
Hannah's five leaf clover
Agave antillarum (as best as I can decipher)
Flower stalk of the Agave plant, close to 12 feet high!
As we were heading back near the end of the day.
I cherish these moments with my family. I love the joy of hiking through the forest. I adore the One who makes life worth living.