Sorry we have been so out of touch! We had had some incredible adventures that I´m anxious to share! We left the coast last Friday with Geoff´s sister to begin a LONG day of travel toward Quito where she was flying out. Ecuador is a small country, about the size of Colorado, but journies here take a very long time. To get to Quito we caught an early bus from our house to Puerto Lopez, an hour away. Then we waited for a connecting bus to Quito and endured a 12 hour bus ride. Now, FLYING for 12 hours is tough...sitting in one of these local, bouncy, smelly buses for 12 hours is an endurance test for the best! Poor Caryn handled it like a trooper though. Even the drawbacks were compensated for, for me, by the amazing views, seeing so much of Ecuador´s landscape, and the always wonderful people watching. Ecuadorians are BEAUTIFUL.
On the coast there is very little vegetation as it has all been slaughtered for farming and develpment. It was WONDERFUL to see the landscape turn green as we travelled. We still saw lots of barren land, as over 50% of Ecuador´s forests have been lost to the logging industry since 1950. However, the mountains and valleys are just spectacular! I can´t imagine how beautiful they would be in their original state. We really enjoy being with the locals too and what better way than an ALL DAY bus ride!
We made it to Quito late and then transferred to Otavalo, ending a 17 hour travel day. WE LOVED IT THERE. As wonderful as our coastal home is, Geoff and I fell head over heels in love with the area, so it´s now a back up location. I have so much to say about it, but will wait until I can show you some of the INCREDIBLE photos we got so that you can experience it as well. We travelled all over the areas north of Quito for three days before coming into Quito proper to get Caryn on her early am flight Tuesday morning.
Yesterday Geoff and I spent the day touring Quito. We really don´t enjoy cities, in general, and this is a BIG city. However, we really had a great day and saw some amazing sites. The hostal we are staying at is probably the best I´ve ever seen, serving a full breakfast with eggs cooked to order, fresh juice, coffee, tea, yogurt, fresh fruit, granola, toast...and nutella! We skipped dinner last night to save a few bucks (Quito is a bit pricey) because we knew we got to enjoy a great breakfast this morning!
Today we are going to begin our journey south to Cuenca where, LORD willling, we will complete stage 1 of our visa process for staying here long term. Since this area is so hard to get to we are trying to see what we can while we are here, so will stop at a few places on the way. As I write this we aren´t entirely sure where we´re staying tonight, but we know we´re heading south! I love travelling. LOVE. IT!
Will try to touch base with photos soon. We didn´t pack the computer for security reasons so it´s harder to get on to blog, but we will do our best!!! Please pray for safe travels, they are always an adventure here!
Travel with us as we explore new lands, engage cultures, and learn to better love each other, those we encounter, and the Lord Jesus Christ at every crossroad of life.
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