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Friday, September 3, 2010

Cuenca Canopy

Dear Family and Friends,

Chuck and I were invited by Clarke and Brenda to join them and their kids, who are visiting them from the U.S., to go on a zip line adventure at Cuenca Canopy. Chuck was very enthused. I, on the other hand, accepted the invitation but only in the capacity of photographer and first aid nurse should it be needed.

Randy and Karen were invited also. They, like me, offered their photography and first aid skills. We met early this morning at the California Kitchen for a kick-off breakfast.

After breakfast we all got on a east bound bus #11. We went to almost the end of the line to a small town called Ricaurte.

Here is the group posing in the town square.

We took a mixto taxi to Cuenca Canopy. A mixto is a double cab pickup truck that is used as a taxi. Brenda, Karen and I rode in the cab of the truck and all the others rode in the bed of the truck.

When we got to there, we found they have a nice roomy lodge. They serve lunches on weekends.

The staff made sure that everyone had their zip line gear on securely.

Here are the brave ones geared up and ready for action.

Then the brave ones were shown, by the staff, how to zip through the canopy safely.

The first person to take off was Clarke.

Each person safely made the first zip line section. Here is Brenda, she was the last to take off the platform. I must say that Karen, Randy and I were very impressed with her. She was giving a nice yell of excitement as she made her first swing.

Karen, Randy and I watched over purses, coats and etc. while the brave ones zipped down the side of the mountain above the trees.

When they returned, they were all on a big high from the adventure.

Here is Clarke demonstrating how he made is last slide.

Here is Brenda when asked how soft the landing was.....

Everyone posed for a congratulatory photo.

When it was time to leave, we took a mixto taxi all the way back to Cuenca. Four of us quickly jumped into the cab of the truck and the slower ones rode all the way to town in the bed of the truck.

Everyone had a great time. Brenda and Clarke really know how to show their kids an exciting time!!

Thanks for including us.

Chuck and I were invited by Lourdes and William to go to Santa Rosa to meet their family this weekend. So in the morning we are driving down in Puff-Puff for another adventure.

I will post about that on Monday.

Have a great weekend.



  1. I am sure that you all have had a great time. It is a funy picture of so many in the bed of the pickup truck. In Houston would be a reason for police to stop your group every 100 yards:-). Nicholas

  2. Hola Amigos
    Congratulations for the fan of Barcelona of Guayaquil.
    Yellow is the color.
    Barcelona, the only idol that has Ecuador.
    Dios los bendiga

  3. My wife and I also fell in love with Cuenca. After living in Peru for eight months, we found Cuenca (comparatively) to be more "tidy." We were especially impressed by the well-kept homes in and around the city. Bill

  4. Nicholas, It is very common here. It took me awhile to get used to it because in the U.S. it is illegal.

  5. Haugra, The person in yellow is my husband, Chuck. He loves that shirt.

  6. I'm glad you had a good time at the zip line. It's something I did when I was younger as a camp counselor, and I've seen the advertisements here and been curious to trip it. Much more interested now to see someone who has actually survived it!


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