Down the mountain to explore

Last Saturday, we took a trip down the mountain to explore. It was my (Maria’s) first time outside the city of Quito. Quito is a busy busy busy place. Unlike Leon, Nicaragua you don’t wake up to rooters or birds singing in the morning. The most common sounds are that of alarms going off at all hours of the day, horns beeping, and electric gates opening. Life is so much different than what I got used to in Nicaragua. Is neither better nor worse. It is just different and I must admit that I have to get used to living in such a busy crowded place.

I do love the variety of food that you can find in Quito though. There are even websites where you can order your food from a ton of restaurants right from your computer if you don’t want to battle traffic outside your gate. This has been pretty beneficial in the past few weeks when my body decided to act weird as I get used to the air or lack thereof here in this high altitude city. And I also like having good doctors around when you need them. And trust me doctors have become our newest friends lately. We all have experienced the bodily pains of high altitude and a new country. And we are all praying that this too will pass quickly!

So, back to my story. Last Saturday we decided that we could take a quick break from city life and high altitude and unclog our noses and lungs and head down to where the air is fresher. We took a drive to check out a little town that according to google was nice and quiet and pretty and quaint. The drive was spectacular. It was nice to actually see some of the beauty and diversity of this country. There were many oohs and aahhs moments. We were all fascinated as the scenery changed from city to greenery to very high mountains to beautiful rolling hills. It was like being inside a postcard at every turn. I’d say that aside from the crazy drivers that cut us off just as we were going through a blind curb it was one of the most spectacular and enjoyable drives that I’ve ever taken. It makes me look at the mountain from our apartment window in a different way for now I know what lays beyond the brick and concrete that covers the bottom part of the mountain.

It took us three hours to get to this small town called La Concordia. Yes, the town was small as google described. It was quieter than Quito. But I truly wasn’t impressed by it. Yet, the drive leading to it…Now that was impressive! We took lots of pictures, but honestly pictures would not do it justice. After I sat down in front of my computer to look at them I was kind off annoyed that most of the pictures didn’t fully revealed what my eyes saw. I hope you enjoy this pictures below. You are always welcome to come and see for yourself.

And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3 ESV)

 

Jake is modeling his Panama hat which by the way is made in Ecuador, not Panama.
Jake is modeling his Panama hat. Which by the way, are made in Ecuador, not Panama.
So cute. He loves his hat!
So cute. He loves his hat!
Trying to hide from he camera.
Trying to hide from the camera.
I love his happy face!
I love his happy face!
This picture was actually taken in Otavalo, one of our ministry sites.
This picture was actually taken in Otavalo, one of our ministry sites.
This is also Otavalo.
This is also Otavalo.
This is on the way to Otavalo. There is a town there that is famous for its bizcochos and hot chocolate.
This is on the way to Otavalo. There is a town there that is famous for its bizcochos and hot chocolate.
On the way down the mountain. As soon as you exit the city you can see the greenery all around you.
On the way down the mountain. As soon as you exit the city you can see the greenery all around you.
Beautiful. There were so many of this around us. It made being in the Andes more real to me.
Beautiful. There were so many of these mountains around us. It made being in the Andes more real to me.
We spotted a waterfall hidden among the trees.
We spotted a waterfall hidden among the trees.
Little towns and restaurants were tucked in by the side of the road.
Little towns and restaurants were tucked in by the side of the road.
Some places that Cody think he would like to visit.
Some places that Cody think he would like to visit.
A side road hidden in the forest.
A side road hidden in the forest.
A beautiful river running along the road.
A beautiful river running along the road.
The river an its rocks.
The river and its rocks.
Road signs. Something that I love having here.
Road signs. Something that I love having here.
The road ahead.
The road ahead.
The traffic disturbance created by these men gathering their grass on the side of the road.
The traffic disturbance created by these men gathering their grass on the side of the road.
A town on the side. People actually live intros beauty!
A town on the side of the road. People actually live in this beauty!
A place to bring your computers in case you have viruses!
A place to bring your computers in case you have viruses!
Part of another town on the way down.
Part of another town on the way down.
A pretty house on the way.
A pretty house on the way.
A bridge crossing the river.
A bridge over the river in Valle Hermosa.

2 thoughts on “Down the mountain to explore

  1. Thank you for sharing! I forgot about altitude sickness, which we experienced mildly in Guatemala. Praying right now for adjustment and God’s comfort. And even though I know the actual vistas are more beautiful, these pictures are fantastic!

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