Our team woke up early in the village with another night of little sleep.
A handful of us walked the kids to school again. The kids stop at a local street merchant to get a snack on their way to school most mornings.
Once we returned to the home in the village, we started packing up for our departure to the highest peak in Thailand.
Overnight one of our team members had fallen ill. Our mission leader along with one other member decided to take them back to Chiang Mai. They left in the truck to tend to the sick team member. The rest of us piled back in the van to head to the peak.
As we traveled up and down the mountain switchback after switchback, the ride became uncomfortable. When we arrived at the destination it was raining and cold.
There is a temple and waterfall that we had intended to see but many decided to skip the hike. We did get some much needed hot coffee at the summit coffee shop. Afterwards we took in a short 20-30 minute walk down into the rain forest.
Once we were cold and wet enough we made it back to the van for the remainder of our journey back into Chiang Mai.
Our driver knew of another beautiful waterfall on the way back down the mountain that we stopped at to take in the view, and a much needed break from the travel down the mountain.
Those that were feeling up to it went out to dinner after much needed rest and showers.
This morning we all took a delightful river cruise up the Ping river in Chiang Mai. We then went our separate ways for a free afternoon of relaxation before a team dinner this evening.
I cannot speak for the rest of the team, but even though we were exhausted, desperately needed showers, my heart is full. It has been a humbling journey to see the joy on the faces of all those we have met and been able to serve.