Roadtrip part 1

We are making use of a long weekend to take a road trip. We’ll post more about it in a few days, but just getting to our first destination is worth describing.

As Ecuador’s capital, Quito can feel quite modern, but other parts of the country are still rural and difficult to access. One such area is the nooks and crannies of the Andes to the south of Quito.  Our drive today veered off the Pan American Highway (a major artery

We saw quite a few donkeys on our drive

We saw quite a few donkeys on our drive

through the wide valley formed by the eastern and western peaks of the Andes).  For a few hours we followed twisting roads up and down steep hillsides. Pavement gave way to cobblestone gave way to dirt. We followed the road for another hour, through thick fog – we were so high, more than 10,000 feet, that we were in the clouds – to reach Chugchilan, a tiny, poor town that seems from another age. The road we followed is carved right into the side of the mountain; to our left, the hill dropped steeply down, and to the right it rose almost straight up. In many places the road has actually been damaged by mudslides. Farming is the only way to subsist out here, and along the way we had to stop several times to let some creature or other cross the road: Dogs, pigs, sheep, a small flock of turkeys, and two runaway donkeys, their harnesses trailing behind them as they trotted up the road.

About Katherine

Katherine lived on four different continents before settling in to Washington, D.C., to raise her family. She works at a global think tank during the day and raises twin boys the rest of the time. When she isn't working on a spreadsheet for work, she loves walking in the forest with her family, which invariably involves stomping in puddles and climbing on logs. Though she is less of a world traveler these days, she continues to seek out adventures, from exploring D.C.'s museums and playgrounds to taking road trips to national parks. When it's time to unwind, she can be found snuggling with her husband on the couch. Likes: adventures, sleeping past 7 a.m., being surrounded by forests, the sound of her boys laughing, and locally made ice cream. Dislikes: whining, the patriarchy, and people who judge parents/kids.
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