Thursday, March 12, 2009
To the Coast with our dear pals Chuck and Sue. This is the pair who first suggested Ecuador to us. We were researching many opportunities in many different Latin countries and they steered us this way. Indebted. They had lived here for a year 12 years ago and are now on their first return trip. We met in Quito and proceeded together to explore the Route of the Sun, a lovely stretch of beaches mid-coast. Hotter and dryer than the Amazon, I’m a fan. Sunny every day, swimming morning and afternoon (including some epic body surfing runs from curl to sand), healthy stomachs, few bugs (albeit one huge one (pic) which our host removed unharmed barehanded), stunning beaches and great fun (including some very sweet godmother Sudoku on the iPhone (pic)). My birthday was one to remember: watching a Pacific sunset, over the offshore rocks, serenaded by the restauranteur on Happy Birthday, eating the cake C & S had special ordered on the sly earlier in the day, baked with the flour the boss had driven to town to pickup specially, with old friends and family around. Yowza.
Back home, all well. P