I've been wanting to write for awhile about all of the incredible help we have had on this project. Friends have donated building materials and beautiful decorations, they have lent tools, an extra hand, and expertise. We are so incredibly grateful for this help and support from the community we are leaving in Santa Fe. You know who you are. Thank you.
I wanted to include this picture of Tristan with one of our mentors for this project. Jan is a talented architect (one of his plans was featured in the excellent The Straw Bale House. He has also become a dear friend and mentor and helped us to make sure that our wagon would not fall apart on the road. At our going-away party, he said something like, "My role has been to help give you the confidence to know you are doing things well". That kind of encouragement from an expert couldn't have been more valuable. His comment really got me to thinking. When we started this project, I really didn't think we had the skills or the ability to pull this off. We have definitely poured all three of the requisite blood, sweat and tears into this thing, and here we are. I really don't think we would have done it without the help and encouragement of friends like Jan.