This is our 13th year of going down to Rocky Point, thank the Lord! 13 families were living in very rough conditions and now each have a cement foundation, four solid walls, two windows, sturdy roof and a door that locks!
We leave on Friday (this year, it was Friday the 13th, lol) and caravan down to Gila Bend, Why (where?), Lukeville–which is the border
point, and then on to Puerto Penasco (which is Rocky Point). Here are the people of the caravan. The rest of the folks went down on
their own. After setting up tents/checking into motel rooms, we have a communal meal at La Curva restaurant. Then we retire in order to
get up early (for me) the next day. It was definitely Presbyterian-timekeeping. Get up around 7ish (which actually is 7-7:15) communal
breakfast at 7:15-7:30ish, leave for the site around 8ish.
I seem to have no pictures of the worksite on Saturday. I can tell you the foundation was pretty fabulous. The walls were all built and
stacked on the ground so that the foundation would have a chance to dry overnight. The roof sections got built, too. We had a communal
lunch at the site during the work day, and got down sometime between 3 and 4 in the afternoon. After HOT SHOWERS!!!!! and some play
time on the beach, we had excellent spaghetti & garlic bread made by Bob and Barb Schratz. Mmmmmmm
I should dedicate a paragraph to the cookies the ladies of Emmanuel Presbyterian make for our work team. At different parts of the day,
someone would go get a box of cookies or brownies or bars, and walk around the site with them. I saw grown men turn into little boys as
they eyed the goodies. It’s pretty fun to watch! Sometimes, people’s hands are covered in cement or stucco, and we’d just stuff the food
into their mouths:) gently, of course.
Here’s what the beach looks like at dusk. I bet most people can guess who the random hand belongs to.
Anyway, we sit around the campfire until we are too tired to stay up anymore. Some of us stay longer than others. Then it’s off to out
tents or motel rooms until morning.