Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Travel Summer 2016: Ecuador and Pacific Northwest

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Pacific Northwest

Some photos from our recent jaunt through the Pacific North West: Vancouver, British Columbia -  Banff National Park, Alberta - Glacier National Park, Montana. Travel still gets the blood flowing and the brain cells buzzing :) Nothing like walking on a glacier for the first time :)  Pedestrian suspension bridge hanging on cables 200ft over forested river gorge, was a close 2nd. The good company of congenial,  like-minded folks is icing on the cake.

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 Recently back from Ecuador – some photos below (click >). Got back shortly before the earthquake in Quito, the capitol. Good timing and I hope all the good folks we saw there are doing fine! This trip turned out to be a relaxing break from the heat of Florida, some pleasurable touring around the countryside, an investigation of the American Ex Pat Community in the city of Cuenca, and an opportunity to spend time with various branches of my wife, Maria’s, family who live in and around Quito. What a gorgeous country: HIGH mountains, blue skies, nature still much in control… all of that alongside a rapidly modernizing, bustling urban environment. So many things to see and wonder and smile at! Gracias to Galli and Carmen (and Delia), Patricio and Cecilia, Ramiro and Loli (and their kids and spouses and grand kids), and Marianella and Juan Carlos for the hospitality and affectionate welcome to their homes