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94 viewsOn the highway near San Diego- (Thanks to Big Will for driving us!) one of the CAUTION signs alerting drivers to illegals who may be crossing the road.
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90 viewsGetting closer- can you see 1 of the girls waving at me from 2 cars ahead? We all made it across without any fanfare, and then split up into smaller groups for the long drive back to Vegas. I can't wait for next year!!!!!
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77 viewsWe all donned Sombreros as we approached the border, but took them off before reaching the border guards. They have NO sense of humor.
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75 viewsAndy can't fit his big head AND the Sombrero inside the truck at the same time.
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72 viewsSaturday 6:30AM found most of us dry and in good spirits. It did rain off and on through the morning, but finally cleared up early in the afternoon. Christian, Casey, Ashley & Josh greet the day.
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69 viewsLater in the morning I finally had a moment to snap some pictures! We have the mold set for the concrete, the trench dug around the perimeter of the mold, and are starting to pour the 1st of what seemed like 1000 batches of concrete. We continuously tripped over each other in the confined space, but by lunchtime we were over 1/2 done with the pour!
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68 viewsOn the job site! We split into 2 teams for the 2 houses. Team #1 surveys the existing structure, to which we were attaching a 2nd structure, 22x11 feet. The outhouse is on the far left. N32.480569 W116.778998
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67 viewsEverybody was so helpful with setting up tents, unloading gear, setting up a kitchen area, fire pit, and our mini tent city.
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67 viewsDinner being prepared.
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67 viewsSavannah, Ed, Briar, Jim, Mark, mark time as we survey the scene.
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65 viewsMeanwhile, the framing was coming along as well! The wood came in long planks, and everything needed to be measured and cut- door frames, window frames, joists, rafters, etc.
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64 viewsAs it was raining off and on, we immediately set up camp.
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63 viewsIsmael (the homeowner) shows us where he wants the interior door to open into the new structure.
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62 viewsWe didn't have any work to do on Friday night, so we spent the evening preparing for the weekend. Here Briar & Josh (self-proclaimed pyromaniacs) set up the fire.
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62 viewsJust after the fire was lit, the sky opened up and rain poured down. Everyone huddled under the coffee tent!
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61 viewsLots of rain that evening, and through the night!
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61 viewsEVERYBODY pitched in to help carry water buckets, shoveling measured scoops of concrete, sand, adding water... I wonder if the local families had ever seen anything like us!
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61 viewsBriar picked up a souvenir Sombrero for less than 1/2 the original asking price.
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60 viewsMore concrete mixing...
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60 viewsWhen we took a lunch break, I snapped this photo of the local electrical grid. The wire ran along the ground from the nearest electric pole, then into this circuit breaker. From here, it traveled into the neighbors house, then along the eaves to an outlet. Ismaels electricity was delivered by a 2-prong plug through a wire that also ran along the ground, and into his front door. When they ran out of standard wire, they used actual barbed wire strung from makeshift posts planted in the ground.
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59 viewsMore fire preparation.
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59 viewsAs our resident concrete professional Steve evened out the pour, we mixed more as fast as we could! Josh, Kyle & Steve prepare to dump another batch!
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59 viewsSteve mixes the poured concrete before leveling some more.
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58 viewsSteve must have leveled and smoothed the pour 500 times that day, and even stayed after the rest of us left to make sure it was finished nicely!
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