I slept well on the concrete table. It wasn’t too cold, nor were there any biting insects. I was one of the first up in my area, so had plenty of time to make coffee and pack up before the worship service.
In the actual service, the songs were a capella, with Claire setting the key. Since it was 4 chicks leading, the range was a little high for me. Everyone had a part, Laura reading the call to worship, and Sabra delivering the actual sermon. She shared an interesting perspective from her friend who asked God whether he should go to Guatemala. The answer was “do you want blessings, or more blessings?” the implication being that we are all abundantly blessed already. But that there is also a cost associated with abundant living.
Claire keeps a journal, and asked whether there was anything she could add on my behalf. Just safety, I guess, to join the prayers of all you guys praying for me. And wisdom.
Note: if I’ve mixed-up some of the names, would someone please correct me?
I didn’t time how long it took to get down there, but the trip back up took 1 hour and 20 minutes. Possibly, it was actually faster going up, as anyone who has hiked steps in Hawaii may know.
Upon returning to the Lodge, I got straight into the car without stopping for lunch. My intention was to return the car by 5 pm, saving a day’s rental. The drive took over 2 hours, but when I got to the car rental place, I found that it was closed on Sunday. One of the people running the place happened to stop by, and advised me to just lock the key in the car when I had unpacked.
My next missions were motel and cash. Cash first, as I didn’t expect finding a room on Sunday to be an issue, and there was always the Highland.
Learnings: Chase Bank is rare in small towns, and their credit unions generally don’t have ATMs, either. Except for big chains like Safeway, most supermarkets don’t allow cash back on debit purchases. ATM’s with a fee are abundant, however.
Tomorrow’s goals: visit bike shop in Alpine (last shop before Del Rio), and bike to Marathon, 31 miles away. There is a hostel in Marathon, that was recommended by Katie.