|Elder Beecher on Wakenaam Island in the Essequibo River|
Wakenaam means "Island waiting for a name"
Because it was a holiday, our friend Adolphus took us to visit his family on an island in the Essequibo River. Adolphus has only been a member about eight months. He wants to be a doctor. He would also like to go on a mission, but he has to work on Sundays. Hopefully he can get things worked out. We went with our friends the Cooks, the humanitarian missionary couple. First we went on a back cracking speed boat ride. The boat would hit the waves so hard we thought it would crack. The boat survived, but it took our backs a couple days to recover.
|When we left the water was at this level. |
When we returned the water was up to the
top board. The river flows both north and south.
|The Essequibo is about 23 miles across.|
|Elder Cook scratching the back of Adolphus's pet macaw, Sparky.|
|Adolphus's back yard.|
|We went for a walk along the sea wall.|
|Adolphus's brother Clifton (also called Blackboy by his mother) climbed the coconut palm to get us some coconuts.|
|Then he whacked the top off with a cutlass (machete) and gave us a straw so we could drink the coconut milk.|
|This is the inside of their home - pretty nice.|
|They have a farm and they raise pigs which they|
feed shredded coconut meat. They also process the coconut oil.
I bet that is good bacon!