Hey, sorry you didn't get a letter on Monday. This week we went to a national park all day on Monday, so we didn't have time to write yesterday. It's something you only get to do once in the mission, and the office tells you when. We don't have a ton of time, so I took a picture of my journal entry.
I'm tired. In our mission there is a national park called "Parke Tyrona." it's this HUGE tropical forest with really pretty beaches. It's one of the bigger tourist spots on the coast. It's in Santa Marta, an hour away from Barranquilla. Before President Searle, no missionaries were allowed to go there, but he changed the rule so that every missionary would get to go there at least one time before they finish their mission. If your companion is about to leave and hasn't been there yet, then you can go with him for the second time. Well, normally, you get to go at the end of your mission, but Elder Cavero has never been, so we were put on the list to this Monday.
We woke up at 5:00 am to go the terminal of Barranquilla. We took a bus for 1 1/2 hrs, then another bus for 45 min. We entered the park on foot, then caught a bus (crappy van) to take us to the trailhead. Then we walked (hiked) for hours (all day). This park was ginormous. We hiked for like 1 1/2 hours until we got to the beach. We took a bunch of pictures there. It was super cool to see the ocean, but really hard. one of the hardest parts about the mission for me is not being able to swim. After that we kept hiking to this really pretty beach with a restaurant and this tower thing with a bunch of hammocks. We ate there and then hiked all the way back to the beach and took two busses and a motocar back to our house. We seriously hiked like 10 miles up and down mountain trails.
It was Elder Cavero's Birthday today (LUCKY). So this was his birthday present. It was a really cool day, super long, but pretty awesome. We are pretty much destroyed right now. We have permission to send our weekly forms and write the family tomorrow, (my mom is probably freaking out a little bit). I think when Selena Gomez and I get married, we're gonna go back there to visit."
Dad--Hey sorry, this p-day was nuts. We were literally gone the whole day, but...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I'm singing you the happy birthday song right now! Sorry I wasn't there, I hope you ate lots of ice cream! This week I went deep into the jungle haha. We went deep into a real one. One day I'll take you there and we will actually go swimming. That's the hardest part for me, that I can't swim. I hope you had a Happy Birthday. Eat lots of American food for me.
Love you Dad, you de bess!
Brinley: Hey Brinley, I haven't gotten any letters yet, sorry about that. I'll let you know when I do! I love you Brinley, you're the best!
Spencer: haha that sucks that you have braces. I don't even know if I have my retainer. But I have a spiritual one. That's awesome that you're loving soccer. Keep on going love you bro!