|More Habitat Volunteers|
She and her children with help from family began that very evening to excitedly move into the home.
|Key Ceremony Flyer|
As an added surprise to the Mackey family I assembled the Habitat gift of a refurbished computer system to help the kids with their school work and personal development.
I had planned on the following morning to drive north to Taos, NM for another Habitat For Humanity Collegiate Challenge build, but was delayed 24 hrs because I was having engine trouble with the RV. After driving through a dust storm in west Texas it wouldn’t start on at least three occasions. I didn’t want to risk being stranded in the New Mexico mountains far from any RV service center.
The local Habitat board chairman, Paul Campbell, pulled a few community strings and got me into a repair facility first thing the next morning. I was expecting a very expensive fuel pump replacement job, but I not only squeaked through with just a fuel filter replacement, but Watson Truck & Supply provided the parts and service for free because of my Habitat affiliation. In appreciation I stayed the day in Hobbs and helped further build the 30th Hobbs Habitat home for the next deserving family.
|Convenient Parking For Habitat For Hunabity Build !|
On Friday I worked with about ten high school students as they built an adobe brick fence wall between two Habitat homes. Also on site for my first day working in Taos were students from University of Texas that were applying lathe on the house walls onto which a cement coating would be applied.
|College Students Apply Lathe to Insulated Adobe Brick Walls|
|Taos Ski Area Trail Map|
|Adobe Wall Under Construction|
This week I’m working with another Care-A-Vanner, local retired volunteers and 13 newly arrived students from Georgia Tech.
They are building recessed book shelves, dry-walling interior stud walls and applying the interior adobe wall plaster coating.
I hope to get one more blue sky ski day in this coming weekend before heading to the Phoenix area where I will attend a month long Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. I have a lot of studying to do.
|View From Ski Patrol Headquarters at Taos|