We began our first full day with an unexpected early start at sunrise. Riley and Scott expertly prepared scrambled eggs for the group before our first morning meeting, wherein we laid out our plans for this week. Scott explained how we will go about hosting a conference with 30 physical therapists this Thursday, our plan for updating and streamlining the production process for the standers, and our goals for expanding the project in the future. After our breakfast, we moved on to learning about the resources we have already available to us and those that we will be developing to bring Stand With Me to new heights.
After a detail-packed morning, we began getting to know the area and traveled to the nearby town of Xenacoj! There, we visited the local markets and bought locally-grown lychee, watermelon, and pineapple. We spoke to some locals about their farms and businesses, learning about the crops they plant and the land around us. We also traveled to San Lucas to pick up some supplies for the week. At dinner in San Lucas, we even bumped into some acquaintances of Dr. Cheff from Bangor! Back at the factory, we watched the transformational film “Brother Bear” while snacking on Riley’s famous brownies before turning in. Tomorrow, we plan on returning to Xenacoj to attend a church service and preparing for the busy week ahead.