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An Afternoon Walk in Cotacachi (8/13/2019) - Well, we just can't get enough of this beautiful little town in north central Ecuador!  After a nice lunch at Hornados "Dona Mary" at the market up by the bus… Read More ...
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser (8/12/2019) - On Saturday morning we attended a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Place of Hope soup kitchen in Cotacachi.  This project was started by Micky Enright, a local realtor and expat… Read More ...
Muyu Raymi – Cotacachi Indigenous Seed Festival (8/10/2019) - We were kept awake most of the night from the workers setting up tents and a stage in Matriz Park, then the gardeners cleaning the park with their gas powered… Read More ...
A Walk Around the Block… (8/10/2019) - Yesterday was one of those vacation days where we did absolutely nothing, except for our usual walk somewhere unspecific.  This time we headed eastward out of town towards Ibarra, at… Read More ...
Dining out in Cotacachi (8/8/2019) - Giselle and I love dining out, and today was no exception.  After blogging a bit online and Giselle doing IT support for work early this morning, we headed out after… Read More ...
Garbage pickup with a twist! (8/8/2019) - Every morning except Sunday, we are entertained by the musical garbage truck at precisely 8:00am.  We can hear it about a block away, as it makes its way down the… Read More ...
Otavalo Market – again! (8/7/2019) - Today, after meeting a friend for coffee, we took the bus to Otavalo with our new friend Bo from Texas. The busses here are wonderful.  You can get from here… Read More ...
Back in Cotacachi! (8/7/2019) - I'm going to try to post more often here and turn this thing back into a blog.  Giselle and I are back in Cotacachi, Ecuador for a two week vacation… Read More ...
North West Coast District Rally – Wings in the Cariboo – Day One (7/30/2019) - Giselle and I have the distinct honour of serving on the board of the GWRRA North West Coast District.  We helped out, along with the rest of the team in… Read More ...
Iron Butt – 2019 (6/24/2019) - After attending a seminar at the Ducati / BMW dealer in Vancouver in May, I decided to sign up for one of their sponsored Iron Butt Association rides.  My plan… Read More ...
Esmeraldes and Atacames – the north coast of Ecuador (2/18/2018) - Day two of our trip to the coast saw us travelling down Hwy 15, Ecuador's equivalent to Hwy 101 down the west coast of the US.  We crossed a few… Read More ...
Clammy on the coast….a trip to Las Penas (2/18/2018) - After three weeks living in Cotacachi in the highlands of Ecuador, we decided to take a short trip to the northern coast of this beautiful country.  It is about a… Read More ...
Mojanda Lakes (2/10/2018) - High above the town of Otavalo is a series of three lakes formed inside the calderas of the now extinct volcanoes Mohanda and Fuya Fuya.  The elevation is around 12,200… Read More ...
Gruta de la Paz and more from Ecuador… (2/7/2018) - Today was an awesome day!  After getting an early start, we headed up into the northern highlands of Ecuador for another day trip, this time to the small village of… Read More ...
Cotacachi “Food Fair” (2/5/2018) - After another 2.5km walkabout, we headed over to the food fair at the mercado to try out some of the dishes.  There are about a dozen stalls to choose from… Read More ...
Lunching out in Cotacachi (2/4/2018) - Giselle and I spent the last couple of days laying low and just taking walking tours around the streets of Cotacachi.  What we did notice was the amazing number of… Read More ...
Intag Valley Road Trip (2/1/2018) - Today we went on an adventurous trip up over the shoulder of Cotacachi Volcano and down into the Intag Valley, where a lot of Ecuadorean coffee comes from.  The views… Read More ...
Getting Lost in the Country, Ecuadorian Style (1/30/2018) - We woke up today to sunny skies and a fresh pot of Ecuadorian coffee.  The plan for the day was a drive to Ibarra to go to the larger shopping… Read More ...
Back in Cotacachi (1/28/2018) - After a very long trip via Aero Mexico and an 11 hour layover in Mexico City, we arrived, tired, but very happy to be here. The town has not changed… Read More ...
Cuy! (2/16/2017) - After a short shopping trip in Ibarra, where we found Ecuadorian wine,  we decided to look for a restaurant that serves a sort of national dish of Ecuador.  There is… Read More ...
Churches and Cemetaries (2/15/2017) - After a day of rest, we met with our guide friend Marco Vega whom we met while on our first tour of Ecuador.  He was our guide at the Amazon… Read More ...
Quito- the Old Town (2/13/2017) - Our good friend Wilson agreed to meet up with us in Quito today for a walk around in the historic district - A UNESCO world heritage site.  The buildings here… Read More ...
Otavalo Market (2/11/2017) - The Otavalo Market is the largest Indigenous market in South America!  Every Saturday, the market square in Otavalo is chock full of indigenous art, crafts, textiles, jewelry, foods and musical… Read More ...
Papallacta – Hot Springs and Mountains (2/9/2017) - On Thursday, February 9, we booked a stay at Termas de Papallacta, a beautiful spa resort located high in the mountains between Quito and the Amazon Basin.  Instead of going over… Read More ...
Cuicocha Laguna (2/8/2017) - Day one of our trip started out very energetically - is that even a word? A short 12 km drive out of Cotacachi took us to a large crater lake… Read More ...
Cotacachi – Our Little Paradise (2/7/2017) - Cotacachi - a small town in north central Ecuador.  Political centre for the Canton Cotacachi (sort of like a county seat) in the province of Imbabura.  It is a beautiful… Read More ...
Snow Day… (2/5/2017) - We woke up this morning to about 8" of fresh, heavy, wet snow. The drive to the airport at 4:15 was uneventful...the subaru loves the snow!  We arrived at the… Read More ...
And so it begins… (2/3/2017) - Here I am, 1 day before heading back to my paradise and it is dumping snow here in Vancouver.  My cousin Danny Fisher and his wife Rose are heading down… Read More ...