02 enero 2007

Pasaje Bien

Hello friends and family. Hope everyone had wonderful holiday celebrations with family and friends. Christmas and New Year was definately different for me this year. I missed my family more than ever, but at the same time I was able to experience more of the culture that I am living in the midst of here. I took a few days to finally get out of Quito and see more of Ecuador. I am in a beautiful country. The pictures, of course, do not show the extent of the beauty that I saw this last week. Even so, I hope you enjoy.First, I went to a small town in the Southern highlands called Baños. You may have heard about a volcano erupting in Ecaudor a couple times in the past few months. Baños is right under the volcano. Luckily though, the path of lava doesn't go into the town, so it is fairly safe from harm. Baños is famous for its adventure sports which I took part in a bit. Friends and I rode mountain bikes along the gorgeous "Ruta de las Cascadas" or "Waterfall Route." We also rode horses and four-wheelers through the mountains. I could have stayed longer to go rafting, climbing, bridge-jumping and much more, but I was limited on time and money. It's hard to see, but in this next picture there is a little yellow cable car that is going above the waterfall. It's quite a view from that height!Like I said, the volano Tunguragua erupted recently and this is a picture of some of the volcanic rock and ash that is left over. The white tube is a water pipe that usually is very high ebove the road, but as you can see the ash and rock has covered the road and everything in sight.Here is a picture of my friend Jimmy on a bridge in Baños. Here are three more friends, siblings actually, Fernanda, Paola and Denis. There are many foot bridges like this one that you have to cross thousands of feet over rushing rivers.
After Baños, I went to Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador. This is a picture of me on a boat on the river Guayas. It was very hot and humid. I also went to the beach one day and swam in the Pacific Ocean. The weather and pretty much everything I experienced this year was different from my past Christmases and New Years, but it was great. Now I'm counting down the days until my parents come and visit. I cannot wait to show them around this amazing country and spend two weeks hanging out with them. Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers. I would love to hear from you when you get a chance. Take care!


Blogger TheGlissonFamily said...

It's so good to read another post from my sweet sis. I'm glad you had fun on you travels outside of Quito--it looks like you saw some beautiful places. We sure missed you this Christmas and the girls and I miss hanging out with you. I would love to come visit, but I'll have to visit vicariously through the parents. We love you so much, Bek

8:56 p. m.  
Anonymous cuteshow Katie said...

looks like FUN! Can't wait to talk soon!

12:47 a. m.  
Anonymous pops and moms said...

We are so excited about our upcoming trip to visit you in this beautiful country. We hope you have lots of ideas for us to see and do. We love you sweet girl - see you soon.

11:19 p. m.  
Anonymous Anónimo said...

seeing your pictures gets me so excited and nostalgic for traveling!! ecuador looks absolutely gorgeous...keep having fun and i'm sure your visit with your parents will be awesome! miss you! love, sarah w.

6:44 p. m.  
Blogger bradfordlstevens said...

Skip the bunge jumping for now Miranda! I know 2 people who are excited about coming to see you! You were prayed for today. Love your posts. Keep them coming.

God bless,

6:45 p. m.  
Blogger bradfordlstevens said...

Time for an update! Inquiring minds want to know how Miranda is doing?? Don't forget to pick up the folks at the airport! :-)

9:39 p. m.  
Anonymous Anónimo said...

Hi Sweetie..just home from 2 wks in Fla..good time..lots of sun and tan!!your pics amazing! I know your folks are excited about coming..I would be too..take care...no traveling alone at nite!! Bye sweetie..Lanie

9:12 p. m.  
Anonymous Anónimo said...

wow, mir! looks like things are going great! i love your blogs. miss you. love you. i saw devon today and we talked about cha. she loves you too.

1:53 p. m.  

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