Salmon fishing on the Telstar out of Noyo Harbor with Dave, friends Steve and Daisy, Captain Randy Thornton and his son and nephew, Garrett and Josh,as crew. Most of the passengers got limits. I won the pot for the largest King salmon at 27 lb 11 oz—-significantly bigger than my usual delivery.
Barbecuing the bones now. Yum.

Redneck day. Big truck to the reservoir for a ride in nephew’s shiny, sleek speed boat. Nice to fly over the water and get an overview of the lake. Then for my first real ATV adventure on the East side if Shasta. I ride that puppy for 2 hours while Dave followed in the truck. I might retire and become a redneck. It was fun today.

Fourth of July gathering with the Martin clan in the small old mill town where Dave’s parents grew up. Sweet, small, friendly, walkable town with Mt Shasta in view, lakes, fishing, volcanic caves, tunnels etc. mountains of pumice and obsidian. The ice in the cave was only 15-20 ft from the 90 degree surface. Others found bigger and deeper caves—all out by Medicine Lake.

San Salvador with many reminders of the war. When the death squads of the U.S. supported right wing government killed the beloved priest Romero when saying mass on Easter morning, the revolution got a martyr and many more active opponents. The civil war ratcheted up many notches.
The museum of anthropology is fabulous and deserving of several hours. We had barely enough time to read the signs in English and Spanish. Enlightening.

Women, staff, and the PINCC members made large cotton swabs from rolls of cotton.
Indigenous health promotors from isolated rural villages came for training about cervical cancer prevention and treatment options. What should they do/ advise with post cryo/LEEP complications? They vaccinate and manage basic heath education, care, and referral in their local villages—what a great set up.
Umbrella man meeting the van after arrival at lodge in pouring rain. What service! We didn’t spend much time in the hammocks but they were lovely to see strung throughout the lodge grounds. The lodge owner is an interesting American married to a Lancan Indian woman. They have 4 kids and have started a private school, grades 1-9 and adding higher levels annually. They use Khan academy critical thinking, entrepreneurship, along with other alternative education techniques.
The clinic personnel bathroom was a top security situation. How else could they protect that huge roll of toilet paper?
I always love the pilas, washbasins for washing clothes and self.

I may have lost my posts from the last 2 days. Quien sabe? We have completed a 5 day training in Cacaopera and have made our way back to San Salvador. It was a pleasure to work with 4 GYN docs who had done as many LEEP procedures as I by the end of the week. There were stories of hardship, laughs and hugs with staff and patients, tragic tales of machismo and AIDs. We missed the trip to Morazon because of a torrential rain storm turning roads into rivers. This is the rainy season. This has been a satisfying trip.

The first day in clinic at Cacaopera, a spectacular 40 minute drive from Perquín. We start at 7:30 AM after breakfast at 6:00.
I trained with 3 local OB/GYN doctors, one of whom had had previous training. They were excellent and fast. I have to up my game on the material to be taught but the collaborative interaction is definitely fun.