Three planes took off for Baja del Sur early morning Friday,
July 16. Flying conditions were ideal, with clear skies and minimal
turbulence most of the way.
Jim Gaskin's plane headed for Mulege, where the weather was hot and muggy following
a recent thunderstorm. The other two planes, piloted by Don Briggs and James
Lodas, headed directly for Cadeje, where tires were spotted on the runway. Don
Briggs circled his plane nearby, while James Lodas flew over 10 minutes later
and observed that the tires had been moved. Both planes landed without incident
despite strong crosswinds that changed direction at whim. James, Don, Skylar,
Eric, and Lisa all stayed in San Juanico, where Scorpion Bay served up perfect
waves for surfing.
Robin and Skylar Gauss worked a long day in the heat conducting
electrical work in an effort to set up the generator for inclusion into the
electrical grid for that area, and did not return to San Juanico
from Cadeje until early
evening. Jim Gaskin also offered his skills as an electrician, in addition
to automotive repairs in Mulege. Both the Cadeje and Mulege contingents
experienced their fair share of automotive challenges, with a
flat tire and temperamental
throttle adding to the adventure
in Cadeje, and a faulty alternator putting a damper on beach plans a mile from
Hotel Serenidad in Mulege. However, with the "can do" attitude for
which Aeromédicos volunteers are known, and the diverse fix-it talents
wielded by several individuals, the delinquent vehicles were put back in working
order and the clinic was run without a hitch.
MEDICAL CLINIC NOTES
Despite operating on a lean staff, the clinic ran smoothly
on Saturday with a moderate number of patients visiting the clinic.
Eric saw approximately 18
in the medical clinic with the invaluable assistance in translation offered
by Brad Chmelka. Lisa Runyen handled pharmacy duties, which have been streamlined
to efficiency by the formulary orchestrated by Bob Gayou and Lola earlier
DENTAL CLINIC NOTES
Dr. David Dart, with the assistance of Christine Snyder, took
expert care of patients in the dental clinic, some of whom needed
heat so prevalent in Baja del Sur during the summer months, the next
trip is scheduled for October. Many thanks to all of the volunteeers who made
the clinic possible in July, 2004!
Pilots: Jim Gaskin, Don Briggs, James Lodas w/ Skylar Gauss
Dentist: David Dart
Doctor: Eric McFarland
RN/Dental Assistant: Christine Snyder
Translators: Brad Chmelka, Skylar Gauss
Helpers: Robin Gauss,
NEXT TRIP: OCTOBER 1ST, CLINIC - OCT. 2ND
PRETRIP BARBEQUE FOR THE NEW SEASON: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER
Location: The ever popular La Cumbre Canyon Ranch of Robin
Join us for fun, games and great food. Details will follow
in a subsequent newsletter.
Mark your calenders now… Saturday, September 18th.
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