After the bridge was rendered unsafe to use, the community was forced to drive through the river to get to the other side. When we first moved here, that's exactly what we did. It's a small river (almost considered a creek) and crossing it was (usually) not an issue. About a year after we arrived, the men folk in the community decided to build a bridge with large concrete water pipes and dirt. That's what we've been crossing over all this time. Over time, the dirt has packed down evenly and works perfectly: we've all gotten used to it. From this vantage point, it simply looks like a continuation of the road.
But this isn't going to be just any bridge. They are building a massive bridge; it's even going to have a pedestrian lane! No more walking over the horizontal tree trunk! Check out the size of these i-beams! They're about 4 ft high.
This week, Kevin, Martin and Jairo spent several days clearing part of the pasture, cutting down trees and bushes. Once everything is tidy, they'll be sowing grass seed for the bulls. The area is directly above the hatchery, and the sun now shines through, which is great for the plants in our greenhouse. It's always nice when one job serves two purposes.
Oh, and probably the best news of all... we went into San Jose on Thursday and bought ourselves a new mattress! There's nothing worse than a bad night's sleep... and nothing better than a good one. It felt a little like Christmas.