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Miserably Beautiful Adventuriety

Today we woke up early and shared Special-K and Granola with a few bananas.   After a double-check of the backpack, Grant, Ashley and I headed out of our apartment and hailed a taxi.    In Quito there are a wide variety of “taxis” so you have to use a little caution to get the ones that are licensed.   Always grab the ones that...

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Family, Music or Estrogen Adventuriety / Inspirietry

Our last guided excursion was today and happily today was going to be the shortest amount of time in the car.    We left the apartment around 8:00 am and headed north out of town.   Our first stop was at Mitad del Mundo.   We have been some places this year that are really interesting that I would not have ever thought I would see....

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Out for Lunch Adventuriety

Today had nothing on our schedule and so we slept in a bit.   We did however have plenty of work to catch up on.   I thought we could break the day up by having lunch in the historic district.   We hired a cab which took us there after a 15 minute ride that cost only $3.80.  Two nice traveler points about Ecuador are that most...

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What was that? Adventuriety

Excursion number two out of three began at 7:00 am this morning.   Our adventure consisted of a rain-forest hike, zip lining, a nice lunch and some kind of weird tubing-raft hybrid down a river and hanging with some butterflies. We drove north out of Quito toward the town of Mindo.   After a couple hours in the car we stopped for our first activity...

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Missing Resistance Adventuriety / Domesticiety

There were three main reasons for visiting Quito on our South American trip.  First, Daisy had a desire to see the Galapagos Islands which are Ecuadorian territory and accessible through the Quito airport.   Second, my father thought it wouldn’t be a bad place to spend some time.  He enjoyed Quito in the 80’s and used the surrounding mountains and volcanoes like Cotopaxi to train...

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Understanding the Response Inspirietry

Daisy and I have decided to limit the nights we stay in hotels.   We have elected to setup shop in local apartments where we can spread out.  The kids can sit around the table like at home and complete school work.  I can cook in the kitchen and Daisy can do whatever she does.   She is pretty good at it I think.  As...

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The Salkantay Trek Saga…Day 5…Machu Picchu Adventuriety

By the time we arrived in Aguas Calientes we had been learning and soaking up Andean history and culture for eleven days and we had seen a lot of Inca ruins, five of the ten “Top 10 Inca Ruins to See (that aren’t Machu Picchu)” according to National Geographic to be exact (we didn’t plan that), and a few others not included on the list....

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The Salkantay Trek Saga…Day 4…Down the Tracks Adventuriety

It started raining in the middle of the night and we woke early to soggy everything. At least we could enjoy the hot springs again for a few hours before heading out.  Ashley, knowing this, was up before the sun and ready to swim.  She impatiently waited for 7:00.  Scott got a text, we must be in range of a signal…Get on the Bus, one...

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The Salkantay Trek Saga…Day 3…Detours can be Fun! Adventuriety

Day three would be all down hill and a much warmer hike, but the treat at the end would be an evening of swimming and soaking in hot springs which we were all looking forward to.  The day would end with our last night of sleeping in a tent, which I was looking forward to. We spent another cold night, waking occasionally to the sounds...

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The Salkantay Trek Saga…Day 2…Over the Pass Adventuriety

Despite the woolen layers, gloves, hats, sleeping bags, etc. we froze our asses off and were relieved to peek out of the tent and observe the lightening sky on the second morning of our trek. After a warm breakfast of pancakes and hot coffee we were ready for Day 2 and the Salkantay Pass.  We got an early and cold start for the toughest day...

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