Friday, April 23, 2010
Our first Habitat for Humanity build is over
We are members of a group called RV Care-A-Vanners which is affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. We found an open build that fit in with our time frame and in Louisiana. It was in Galliano which is SW of New Orleans and just about 20 miles from the Gulf. There were 4 other rigs for a few days and then 3 others for the balance of the 2 weeks. There were already 3 homes completed and occupied and 6 others in progress. I worked on the siding, exterior painting and building the front steps. Karla painted,caulked and a little cleaning. There was a rule that any time you were on a ladder somebody had to "foot" the ladder. So Karla was my "foot". We parked right in the sub division where the houses were being built, which was great. It made it easy to take care of Kora, get to know the other care a vanners and meet up with some of the owners that had already moved in. They gave us some insight on the process of getting a habitat house and what life is like living southern in Louisiana and dealing with hurricanes. We found a local drive through daiquiri store which made after work a more enjoyable time.
We had weekends of so we had some for sight seeing. We heard that Torres' Cajun Swamp Tours gave Habitat volunteers discounts so a swamp tour it was. We saw plenty of alligators, turtles and even an eagle
Roland was quite a character with plenty of tall tales and good stories of his life on the bayou.
We aren't sure when but we know that there will be more builds in our future.