These life lessons seem to be coming fast and furious. Today’s life lesson was: When you start to think you are pretty hot stuff, be careful, a humbling experience is coming.
Now for the story that goes along with that particular life lesson. Today was the school picnic. As you can see in the pictures, Campus Adventiste de Salève does not have it’s school picnics just anywhere. No it is on the top of a mountain, in a green field with a backdrop of the French Alps and in particular Mont Blanc. And yes it is more beautiful than the pictures can show.However, to get to said picnic ground, one has to hike up the Salève. For those of you from Tillamook, think King Mountain, without the relatively flat part at the beginning. For those of you not familiar with King Mountain, think Pike’s Peak with a slightly lower elevation. Now Bekki and I have been walking up and down the hill to school each day, 1 or usually 2 miles each day, and we were pretty proud of ourselves. Each day we noticed we could do it faster and were not as winded when we reached the cafeteria. So we were ready for today’s little hike. For those of you who think you know where this story is going, we made it to the top without assistance and without supplemental oxygen, and we were not the last ones to the top either (although almost last). The humbling part is as follows.
We were making our way up the mountain, resting as needed (read frequently) and thinking we were doing pretty good when this guy comes flying down the mountain. Now I have to assume that he went up the mountain earlier this morning and was now headed back down. That still was not the humbling part, this guy was on crutches on one leg! For real! This trail is steep, narrow and winding, with drop-off that would make…well they are steep. Granted he did not have a backpack on, but still, on crutches? We rode down in a car with one of our teachers.Despite the humbling experience it was a great day. The views were magnificent, the food was good, and we got to meet some new people and got to know our teachers better, and got to practice French all day. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
For those of you new to our blog, read about us and our upcoming mission to Africa in the “About Us” page, then there is a “Timeline” page that tells you where we will be this year, and finally a “Definitions” page that explains some terms that may be unfamiliar to some of you. Also check out the links to other Mission Hospitals to find other missionary blogs.
– Scott Gardner