This year we had two groups on the project, the Foothill students and the UCLA students. Each has a different, yet integrated, experience. For our UCLA students the focus has been on archaeology, and it continues with their independent projects due in a few weeks. For our Foothill students the focus was on community service learning, archaeology, and experiencing the wonders of Ecuador.
It was great that this year the various communities alongside the road (San Antonio, San Pedro, Buena Esperanza) were involved with our project. Several schools in Buena Esperanza and Cangahua benefited from Foothill's service learning program and we hope to expand into more communities in the future. Thank you Foothill Students for all your involvement and commitment. The people in Cangahua and Buena Esperanza were very sad to see all of you go. Thank you Staff Members for all your help and providing advice for the students and teaching them your experience. And we thank everyone else that was part of our project and for sharing a part of your life with us for six weeks. We appreciate your feedback and comments and always strive to improve each year....Gracias a todos!
For us the 2008 field season was marked by a number of highlights:
- Looking up and seeing cousin Anjali climbing into the bullring.
- Minga Saturday with Chumillos
- David Morin's photo board
- chatting with Ernie
- climbing to the top of Quitoloma among the clouds on top of the world
- dancing in the plaza
- our children speaking Spanish
- Pukarito walls
- Buena Esperanza soccer game
- the chiva
- a late lunch with Chad and the Males family
- the top of Peguche water fall
- Non-existent watch-towers
- Huayna Capac's pool at Caranqui
- survey treks to Cayambe and in the No Man's Triangle
- We love you Mo
- snow capped volcanoes
- Do you miss the bus?
- Are you warmer now?
- Is internet faster?
- How was the adventure?
--Sam and Ana, Directors