Category Archives: Travel

Glimpses of Heaven

It was the Unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and neighed; and then cried: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is … Continue reading

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The Trip That Wasn’t

Today was supposed to be a special day. We were going to leave for our eighth trip to the U.S. Besides time with family and supporters in Oregon and Colorado, we would attend that debriefing session in Colorado which we … Continue reading

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October 2019 Newsletter

(NEWSFLASH: From October 3 through October 13 Ecuador experienced widespread strikes and civil unrest after the government discontinued long-standing fuel subsidies. We did not know until today (October 14) if we would be returning October 16 or rescheduling our flight. … Continue reading

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Eugene’s Riverside Paths

I (Jody) have been walking almost every morning on Eugene’s lovely Ruth Bascom Riverside Path System. The system covers both sides of the Willamette River with 14 miles of bike and pedestrian paths. Five bike-pedestrian bridges cross the river (Owosso, … Continue reading

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Oregon Coast

We made it to the Oregon coast twice during our time in the USA. In August we made a day trip with our friend Tyler Burgess, walking on Hobbit Beach, hiking up to Heceta Head lighthouse, and even slipping and … Continue reading

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Family Reunion in Ecuador

Early last year we started thinking about having a special celebration this summer for our 40th wedding anniversary, bringing as many as possible of our offspring to Ecuador for a week. (We blogged about our 40 years of marriage here.) … Continue reading

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Quilotoa

After the Guayaquil getaway, we had one day back in Quito before we left for four days trekking in mountains even higher than Quito. That is, Scott and our friend Tyler from Eugene hiked the Quilotoa Trek, about eight miles … Continue reading

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Quilotoa & Chugchilán

Our monthly get-out-of-Quito trip in April was to Lake Quilotoa, a crater lake 171 kilometers (106 miles) away.  We stayed two nights in a hostel in Chugchilán, one of the villages close to the lake. Our trip there involved 1) … Continue reading

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Mindo: The Beauty and the Itch

Last weekend we visited Mindo, an ecotourism town about two and a half hours from Quito.  We stayed at Hacienda San Vicente, also known as La Casa Amarilla (the Yellow House). Highlights were: wonderful coffee, milk, and fruits, grown on the … Continue reading

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Nicaragua

We are in Costa Rica on a tourist visa which allows a maximum of 90 days within the country. As a consequence, language school students must exit the country periodically and re-enter 72 hours later to obtain another 90 days … Continue reading

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