Posted on January 31, 2018
Post Maria Happenings at Crescent Moon Cabins — at Crescent Moon Cabins, Dominica.
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Me (Tiana) and the boys went to visit David for our annual trip to Dominica over the winter holiday. We knew we were in for a different experience given the state of the island and the state of Crescent Moon. We packed our suitcases full which included a portable solar panel, a propane water heater, and lots of play stuff to share donated by Leo's classmates in Eugene. The road has been blocked by multiple landslides since the Hurricane in September so we knew it was not going to be an easy trip to begin with. Of course the magic of the island and the miraculous spirit of the people made everything possible. We had help from family and friends to help us get our gear down the 1 mile road. We had a solar panel hooked up for lights in our house, and we slowly began to assess the damages and plan a strategy forward.Given that our access to town was a challenge with all of our vehicles being at the bottom of a landlocked road, we focused on doing what we could do with what we had. We began to clear the pathways and gardens one section at a time. David and Ron had already salvaged and preserved what they could with the buildings so now it was our turn to focus on the grounds. I was surprised at how much survived the devastation and was now thriving and blooming (and overgrowing!) given the unfiltered sunlight. We were able to not only clear but actually renovate some places and plant new trees. Many fruit bearing trees, although laying on their sides with just a toe in the ground, still surged with life and buds and baby fruits. The tenacity of the flora, both wild and cultivated, was a force whose efforts I tried to emulate. I cleaned weeds and debris from around old friends and gave them their due place in the sun. Water lilies bloomed fireworks of color, the koi lazily moved through the water, the cats lay placid in the sunshine beside them. I admired and gave due respect to anything and anybody that had passed through that beast of storm and was able to return to the peace and beauty they knew before.The valley retained its majesty as the trees' white bark began to shoot out new growth. The river pool was a gift from the storm, dug deep enough to swim in. The boys looked for crayfish with their friend Ginae whose family has been living in Cabin 4 while they rebuild their home. Everyday was an adventure without even leaving the valley!We took two days at the end of our visit to visit some of our favorite spots up and down the coast. The damage is irreconcilable to what we knew in some places. You can feel the emotions that had passed with the storms even months after. But there also something left standing besides the strength of the nature and that is the spirit and will of the people. Our family, our neighbors, and the country on a whole has never been more resolute to rebuild. The waiting for roads to unclear, lights to turn on, normalcy to be restored is still met with virtue of patience beyond what seems capable. But the smiles continue, the jokes fly, the dominos slam, the work gets done...little by little.Our trip ended with an excavator finally being delivered to begin to clear the road, three months later. Our neighbor has the contract to do the job and has a vested interest in our community. Another neighbor is working with us to rebuild the cabins in a storm sustainable design once we can get materials. We are taking the whole place off grid as we work out the solar system that will allow us to continue to live and host in such a beautiful but remote corner of paradise. David will continue to oversee restorations until it is time to rebuild cabins. Ron and Jean will return as soon as this is possible and our hope is to have at least two cabins restored for next season.We could not fathom a way forward without your support and appreciate every thought and effort to help us in this direction. We look forward to the day when we can all look at the distant valley framed sea and continue to share the story of Crescent Moon together. m