Posted on February 10, 2018
There has been an incredible outpouring of generosity from friends of the Gonzalez family. I wanted to give an update on how they're doing; today marks two months since the loss of their homes, the water lines have been put back in along with a new water storage tank. Hopefully in a week or two, with a new pump, they'll have running water again!
Joe and Tony went into the Sespe Wilderness on a father/son pack trip with the mules this weekend, a much needed break for the two of them. Gus and Emma are enjoying a little quiet time, the first full day at home in 60 days.
The welding shop is doing well, Joe's thoughts on retirement are on the back burner for a bit, secretly I don't think he'll ever stop working, he's so good at what he does.
Emma is loving her second job at Santa Barbara Middle School as they prepare to take the students into the local backcountry in March, something she's done for the past 6 years, this year in particular it will be a much needed respite and reconnection with nature. The school has been incredible at wrapping their arms around the students and families during this difficult time.
Thank you all again, you have made a big difference for this family, you have helped make them strong, and determined by your example, to "pay in forward".