PHOTOBLOG: THEREGALI VILLAGE AND MORE

One day, David led us on a walk to a local village.  With contributions from Hermitage visitors, David’s family has made improvements to this small community of about 20 families.

Slightly outdated map of India at the public school in Theregali village.
At the public school in Theregali village.
At the public school in Theregali village.
David leads us past local homes.
Simon’s welcoming committee. They followed us everywhere in town.
I was fascinated by the brick making process.  Note the man who has dug a hole for himself, since they have no workbench and it's difficult to bend over all day.
I was fascinated by the brick making process. Note the man who has dug a hole for himself, since they have no workbench and it’s difficult to bend over all day.
Yes, it works.
Yes, it works.
Women carry freshly molded bricks to dry in the sun.  The last four rows are fresh from that day.  They can't start molding bricks until 4pm, as the mid-day heat would cause them to crack.
Women carry freshly molded bricks to dry in the sun. The last four rows are fresh from that day. They can’t start molding bricks until 4pm, as the mid-day heat would cause them to crack.
"Why are you stealing wood from the government forest?" David called out, as if scolding a child. "Ah haha, you've caught us again," they cried back with a smile. They need wood for their fires and the forest rules are not enforced.  There is no simple solution.
“Why are you stealing wood from the government forest?” David called out, as if scolding a child.
“Ah haha, you’ve caught us again,” they cried back with a smile.
They need wood for their fires and the forest rules are not enforced. Sometimes, the solution is not simple.
Hay cart.
Hay cart.

Meanwhile, back at the Hermitage…

For Shawn: a little myrmecologist in training.
For Shawn: a little myrmecologist in training.
Sweaty boy.
Sweaty boy.
While Simon was sleeping, Joel and I hiked up Little Bear Hill. This is the view of the Western Ghats, looking west towards the Arabian Sea.
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Our last sunrise in the Western Ghats.
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