|Main building at Ranch le Montcel in Belot, Haiti|
Ranch le Montcel is Haiti's only ecotourist hotel, with 16 acres of farming, animals roaming, and gorgeous natural landscapes.
Le Montcel is only 14 kilometers up the mountain from Port-au-Prince, but it takes two full hours to reach. Thirty of us- the 11th graders plus several teachers- jumped in cage trucks and SUVs of various reliability and trudged up the switchbacks and over the unpaved mountain hills.
In the chilly weather, I wore a three shirts, jeans, and tennis shoes and was cold. On the mountain there are no mosquitoes and the air is crisp; it is easy to see why the rich prefer to live there.
I took a nature walk with the Meadths: Rod (my principal), Brittany (his wife and my friend), Asher (almost 3) and Isaiah (born one year ago today!).
|Asher found a tree house|
|I'm sorry, did I stumble into a teleporter from Haiti to Europe?|
|Walk down that lonesome road all by yourself|
|The piglet refused to play|
|Garden growing carrots, green onions|
|A carrot birth!|
|Somebody is missing a part|
I taught about five hours that weekend: everything from how to use the College Board website for research, to setting senior year goals, to navigating the process of acquiring recommendation letters.
The facilities at Le Montcel were comfortable and certainly above-average for Haiti hotels. The cabin where I stayed was, I realized, the only 100% wooden building I've seen in Haiti. Sitting on the balcony of the ivy-covered restaurant Le Geranium, we ate produce grown right on the property. The cows were sauntering in view of the patio; you can't get more "locavore" than that! The mint leaves in my tea and the strawberries in my juice all come from the ranch as well.
My soul felt good out there.