After the sad week we had in Santiago and another really busy one here with work, we decided to go on a little outing with our friend, a Columban priest that works with us here in the parish. We went to Pica, which is a true oasis in the middle of the desert. It's amazing to be driving through miles and miles of sand and then to see a patch of green on the horizon. Pica is famous for their fruit - especially limes, oranges and mangos. They also have hot water springs that contain medicinal mud. We're not really sure what the mud cures, but they sell it and people line up to buy it. Joshua had his first experience "swimming" and loved it. We brought the camera, but forgot to take any pictures. So, the one above is of Anna and her sister, who visited last June. Can you see them? They're hiding behind the giant fruit sculptures that form the entrance to the hot water springs. It was nice to get away for a day.