Mountain High

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From September 14th through the 21st I hung out with my friend Nico, a former PC Volunteer who returned to Honduras with a brigada from Virginia Health Center and his friend Dan, the auditor for the water projects.  In company with several Honduran engineers and other central figures we visited 3 different water projects in various stages of development as well as the dedication of a new health center.  On one side of the Comayagua Valley we ascended the Cordillera de Montesillo, the highest reaches on foot to 2,092 meters, and on the other side of the valley we ascended the Cordillera Merendon by Range Rover.  For a sense of direction, the bottom row, right side pics are of our arrival at the trailhead.  We walked up and up to where we pitched our tents.  Then we walked higher and higher to the two middle pics in the second row where were located two natural springs that are the origin of the water source, hitting 2,092 meters (over a mile high).  By that time I wished fervently for that kid’s mule.  The second left pic in the top row is the medical clinic dedication.  And the last left pic in the top row is of a chicken coop at an orphanage in the mountains on the other side of the Comayagua Valley where we went to review another water project.  The political situation in the country remains unsettled: politicos fighting over power and privilege, the population be damned.  Sounds somewhat like the political situation I left back home.

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About Fortunato Velasquez

Fortunato Velasquez received his Registered Nurse's license from the State of California during the month that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. On February 15, 2020, my friend and the director of the Fundación Señor San José in La Paz, La Paz, Honduras, Sister Edith Suazo Fernandez died at the age of 47. https://youtu.be/Poqcf0vn0qQ This a video of her funeral.

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