Hello stamping friends!
Today we have the new High Hopes Challenge: Two by Two
Create a card or project that has two people or animals. It can be two people, two animals, or one person with one animal.
One random participant will win 1 Free High Hopes Rubber Stamp
For my project today, I decided to scrapbook our hike into the Amazon Rain Forest during our Missions Trip over the Holidays. You can find information about the orphanage that we visted here called Casa de Fe...
I used the fun Toucan Twosome from the latest release.
The image was embossed in black onto watercolor paper and watercolored with Twinkling H2Os then cut out and attached with dimensionals...
The left side...
The right side...
Here are close ups of the pictures in the layout and a little about our day...
I know, strange to start showing pictures of our trip with Day 5 first, but these are the pictures that I got scrapped first.
One of the long term missionaries at Casa de Fe took our group and some of the older kids from Casa de Fe on a hike into the Amazon Rain Forest to see the "water source" for the city of Shell and Puyo (the neighboring city to where we stayed). Casa de Fe is litterally on the edge of the Rain Forest so we just walked to the back of the kids' bike path and entered the rain forest!
We walked along a dirt road used by the city to access the cisterns where they hold the water and then filter it out to the cities....
(above) We were at about 3,500 feet elevation so I needed to take a quick break to catch my breath since I have asthma and the air is thinner there. On the left is Jeff (he and his family are comitted to Casa de Fe for two years) along with his 9 year old daughter. His 6 year old came on the hike as well but is not in this picture. The girl in the purple shirt is my daughter Ansley along with her friend McKenzie in the blue shirt. McKenzie's brother is at the top with his back turned. The boy in the purple shirt is one of the kids from Casa de Fe named Wilson. He was born in the rain forest to a native tribe but came to Casa de Fe when he was 5. He knows what plants you can use for medicine, what you can eat, what's poisonous, etc. The girls sitting on the steps are also from Casa de Fe. I can't remember the name of the girl in black, but the one in red is Rosa (she is the oldest at Casa de Fe at 16 years old). The boy in the orange shirt is my son Ryan along with my husband Scott.
(Above) After we left the cisterns, we left the dirt road and started into the jungle. There was a walking path that we were told to follow. But you had to be careful because some areas were hilly and you didn't know how far of a drop could be just off the path!
We stopped because Wilson wanted to climb the tree to pick some "limas" (limes) for the kids. Do you see him in the purple shirt at the top right of the picture?
(above) Now the fun part...the VERY muddy hill.
(above) I had to stop here to catch my breath and take a photo. I got a little light headed and almost lost my footing so I stopped for a second or two.
(Above) After a while and more muddy paths, we finally made it to the stream where they get the water from. Here our group poses for a few minutes.
The first in the front are the daughters of our guide. My husband Scott, behind him Marc Lemaire, with the hat is Ryan Pettus, and I'm to the left of Marc. On the rocks, my son Ryan doing a "Hulk" pose along with Wilson (Casa de Fe), and Ethan Pettus. In the pink shirt is Mindy, to the right is Christie Pettus, blue shirt with dark hair is Julicia (Casa de Fe), Luke LeMaire, my daughter Ansley in purple shirt, Rosa in red (Casa de Fe) and McKenzie Pettus at the far right. There were a few more girls from Casa de Fe who were way in the back that you can't see.
(above) Ryan "surfing" on the rocks with our friends Ethan and McKenzie and my daughter.
(above) This is my family. Yes, it was VERY hot and muggy and I was Very sweaty from both the humitity and from the hike. I was told to dress in something I would be ok with loosing if it got too muddy so this is obviously NOT my best look! LOL
(above) Time to head back. So, can you see how steep this hill was?! Christie looks like she's about to slip there.
(Above) Wilson shows us a Centipede. He said they aren't poisonous...
(above)...so I was brave and held it myself. Ok, so I held it for a few seconds just for the picture. Then it started moving and it felt like a roach crawling on me so I gave it back to Wilson!! LOL
(above) This is on our way back to Casa de Fe back on that dirt road. It was a cloudy day, but still a gorgeous veiw with the city of Shell and mountains in the background.
It was an absolutely amazing experience. I almost didn't want to go because I knew it was hot and that I'm not really the "hiking" type of person. But when we got back, I told my friend that I'm really glad that they asked to do this - I mean, when else will I be able to say that I hiked in the Amazon Rain Forest?!
Oh, I have one more thing to share today...
I received this lovely card from Tanya from the High Hopes DT! It was just a lovely surprise! I love handmade card mail! :-)
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!