Why are we leaving @ 2 a.m.??

The crazy 2am send-off… Here’s the reason…

In years’ past, we have left here closer to 4am or 5am and that got us to our last stop – Calexico,CA around 4pm or 5pm, which is where we change from the large charter buses into the rented 15x passenger vans that we have for the week in Mexicali. This would always take some time to exchange people and luggage so we would be driving into Mexicali in the dark. We didn’t think that was the best, so we are attempting this new time of 2am. Why not midnight, you ask? Well, we have 20+ people that will fly into San Diego Sunday morning, rent the 15x passenger vans and drive 2.5 hours to meet the buses in Calexico. IF the buses left any earlier, we would not be there with the vans to meet the kids and exchange luggage/people etc. This would cause havoc in Walmart or the parking lot with 80 people waiting 2 hours for the vans to arrive.

Hope that clears a few things up…we will see how it goes this year and continue to improve the trip each year!

(emailed to me from Juice)

A 30-Year Tradition Continues!

In only seven weeks, a group of 150 students, parents, construction crew and kitchen crew will take off for Mexicali, continuing our long spring break tradition of visiting and working with churches in the same five villages each year. Those of us who’ve been before can’t wait to see our old friends. The first-timers are wide-eyed with anticipation, filled with stories they’ve heard from past trips. Most will travel 12 hours on a bus; a few will fly to San Diego. We’re all looking forward to converging on the Walmart in Calexico, last stop before an exciting border crossing!