I don’t have a dryer. So, all of our laundry is line dried.
Yesterday I had to do laundry, but it looked like rain.
So, I weighed my options:
1. Don’t do laundry (but I really needed to do laundry!)
2. Do laundry, hang it on the line and make a mad dash outside when it starts to rain getting myself and my laundry soaked.
3. Do laundry and find a creative way to hang the laundry inside the house.
I opted for option number 3.
Just as I said…you won’t here much about airplanes on this blog…except for this last week apparently. I think airplanes is all I’ve written about.
Anyway, Nathan has been flying 3 times now. Every airstrip in Papua is different. Each have varying slopes and lengths and each have their own set of challenges. Villagers will work for years to build an airstrip so that the airplanes can come. We heard a story once of a village that so badly wanted the airplanes to come, they took it upon themselves to build an airstrip. So, after years of work, a pilot went to check out the new airstrip. Turns out it was in a “U” shape. Having never seen an airplane land before, the villagers didn’t understand that the airstrip had to be straight! The pilot explained it to them and they spent the next several years building a straight airstrip!
This guy was up at 4:30 this morning to go fly in the Kodiak.
He’s excited and tired.
Hopefully we’ll have some great pictures to follow! (I’m pretty sure he took the camera because I can’t find it at home!)
Yesterday Nathan was able to go on his first observation flight! He actually flew in a Grand Caravan instead of the Kodiak.
The Grand Caravan.
Taking off from Sentani Airport. (It’s paved! This is an “international” airport, but they don’t actually accept international flights. Hum…)
There are two airstrips in this photo. Can you see them? But these aren’t the ones they were aiming for.
A tiny village on the ridge. No airstrip.
There’s the airstrip they are aiming for! Can’t see it? Me neither.
They tried several different approaches, but the weather was closing in so they had to turn back.
Back safely in Sentani. Another safe flight for MAF!
They are trying to get into that airstrip again today. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this time and they can land!
Distance to the nearest Taco Bell in Manila, Philippines: 1800 miles (as the bird flies)
Airfare for two to Manila: $2,209
Nachos Bell Grande for two: $7.18
Watching Nathan’s face as he takes his first bite: priceless
Worth it? Only in our dreams…
I was gonna write about getting our driver’s licenses, but my computer does not want to load the pictures.
So, instead I am going to post a picture of these chile peppers that I found about a month back on our trip to the waterfall.
Don’t let their size fool you, these babies are HOT.
You may not hear a whole lot about the airplane side of things on this blog, because I (Becky) am the one that writes it and for some reason, they won’t let me fly or fix those things!
But airplanes are a big part of life here in Papua with MAF. We live across the street from the airport. Seriously, I could throw a rock and hit the MAF hangar. I can also hear all the announcements from the airports while sitting in my apartment.
Anyway, I haven’t figured out yet how many airplanes MAF has in Sentani, but there’s one particular plane that Nathan is super excited about!
This is the Quest Kodiak. Right now it’s the only Kodiak in Papua. Someday Nathan will be flying one of these airplanes (although we don’t know if it will be this particular one). MAF has decided to put Nathan straight into a Kodiak rather than starting him out in the Cessna 206 (like most new pilots do). Since the plan is to eventually go to an all Kodiak and Caravan fleet, it didn’t make sense for Nathan to train in the 206 only to have to train again a few months down the road in a different airplane.
This Kodiak is number 11. Meaning it is the 11th Kodiak ever made! And it is the first Kodiak that MAF bought.
There are two more sitting in Nampa (U.S. headquarters) waiting to come to Papua! We’re hoping they get here soon!!
Phew, that’s the end of my airplane knowledge.
Oh, except for the word aileron. I don’t know what it means, but say that word around a pilot and then smile and nod like you know exactly what he’s talking about. He’ll surely be impressed!
Since Nathan is limited on how much fruist and vegetables he can eat, one of our awesome supporters gave us a juicer! (Nathan can drink fruit and veggies, just can’t eat very much of them) Thanks Jason and Barb!
So, the juicer was also one of the things we pulled out of our crates from the States.
So far I have made:
green apple and carrot juice
watermelon and honeydew melon juice
yum yum yum
Papua has a lot of things, but what it doesn’t have is entertainment.
There are no movie theaters or shopping malls. Or golf courses or bowling allies.
BUT, there are beaches! Beautiful, beautiful beaches!
So, on our first Saturday in Papua, we packed up our things and drove to the beach. It’s about a 45 minutes car ride over rough bumpy roads, and then a 20 minutes boat ride to the beach. And worth every second!
This boat was held together by spit and rope, I swear. Or at least it looked like it!
But it did the job and got us there safe and dry!
A little village on the sea.
I love the aqua blue water they have here. It’s so clean and clear (and under control…remember those commercials?)
We had so much fun getting to know some of the MAF families here! They are a great group of people!!
AND we get to hang out with these folks again! Brian and Heather Marx. They were with us in language school. Ethan sure has grown since I took these pictures!
So far, we think Papua is pretty great!
Remember these puppies?
We packed our crates in Phoenix in January 2009, and now, a year and a half later, we are finally seeing them again on this side of the ocean!
Here they are! In the Sentani MAF hangar! They arrived the day before we did. Good job shipping guys!!
It’s like Christmas over here. Except that it’s blazing hot and opening our “presents” involved a crowbar. But we’re not complaining!
Of course, the important things must come out first. (See what I pulled out in the previous post)
Most of our things will stay in the crates until we reach our final base. We’re still not sure where that will be, but we’re hoping to find out in the next several months.