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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Matt's Vacation

Dear Family and Friends,

After we returned from Minnesota with our grandson, we got Matt, our son, for a vacation to Georgia and Ecuador.

Here is a recap:

As soon as we got out of the Atlanta airport and picked up our rental car, we stopped at a Georgia institution....Waffle House.

We then drove to Columbus, GA to visit with family for two days.  Here is Matt front porch sitting with his Aunt Mary Anne.

We took one day to drive to Alabama to gamble at a casino.  Aunt Opal was delighted to go with us.  We took a few minutes out to eat.  Matt is the only one who came away with more than he started with.

We then drove back to Atlanta to catch a flight for Quito.

We spent a couple of days sightseeing in Quito

Matt loves the batidos here.

We then flew down to Cuenca.

Sharing time with friends,

enjoying the flower market,

relaxing in the park,

and visiting museums.

This is the Museo de las Conceptas located in the convent of the Immaculate Conception.  It is a museum that tells the life of the nuns who lived there in the 1700's.

Another museum we enjoyed was the Museo de las Culturas Abroigenes.  Here Matt learned about the pre-colombian civilization in the Andes.

And of course, everytime he visits we have to go to Turi to look over Cuenca.

When Matt saw it being cooked out of doors, he decided to try Cuy.  (Cuy is guinea pig)  Cuy has been eaten in the Andes for hundreds of years and is still a local favorite dish.

After a few days in Cuenca we were off to the Amazonia part of Ecuador and on to Banos.

Here are head waters to the mighty Amazon River.

Chuck and Matt in a restaurant.  Notice there is no glass in the windows.  It is quite warm in this part of Ecuador.

We continued on to Banos.

The best attraction of his trip was the Tree House in Banos.

Here is Chuck waving from the tree house.

There is a swing that swings out over the edge of the mountain for those who dare to participate.  Actually none of the three of us chose to do it.

It was beautiful up being on top of the world.

Matt did ride on a low flying zip line and had a great time.  Here he is... so proud of his great accomplishment.

From Banos we drove to Quito where Matt and I caught a flight back to the USA.

Here is a tired but happy man waiting in the lounge at the Quito airport.  Quite a great two week vacation.

After I flew home with Matt and attended a prescheduled meeting, I returned to Cuenca.

Now as I am putting this post together, Chuck and I are once again in the lounge at the Quito airport.  We are on our way to Alaska.  Tomorrow is our 30th wedding anniversary and we will spend it flying to Anchorage.  We are taking a cruise with my brother, Norman and sister-in-law, Nancy.

Looking forward to sharing that adventure with you.

We will be back home in Cuenca in about three weeks.


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