My friends, Hank and Marie Groff, escaped their responsibilities in Costa Rica and flew to Ecuador this past week. After two days and nights in the cosmopolitan city of Quito, we journeyed along the line of the equator to the oldest hacienda in the country. Hacienda Guachala stole my heart years ago, and I was pleased to return with my friends.
One’s imagination easily wanders in these fairy-tale gardens, where one wonders what surprise awaits around the next bend.
The travel website, Let’s Be Wild, marches into its third week of outdoor photo challenges. This week’s challenge is “Escape,”and with cuffs rolled back, I am delighted to share images of a real-life escape in progress here in Ecuador. Join me as I review the photos taken at latitude zero with my friends Hank & Marie!
One morning, after enjoying a leisurely breakfast, we prepared for a tour of a nearby rose farm and processing facility. Manuel, an employee of Hacienda Guachala, offered to show us the area!
Trading contact information, we said, ‘Goodbye,” to Xavier then drove a few miles to a quinoa farm. An alley of ancient eucalyptus trees guided us to the nearby farm.
The next stop was the line of the equator.
One can see the north star and the southern cross from this vantage point at the middle of the world!
While the tourists are away, the animals will play!
After a half-hour break to recharge our camera batteries as well as our physical ones, we drove the half hour to Otavalo for a total immersion in color!
A pastel sunset escorted us back to the hacienda, where French onion soup chased the chill from our bodies, and a fresh fire warmed the hearth of each bedroom.
Ah, yes, one should escape every so often and renew the spirit and soul!
(Coming soon: the next chapter of the escape!) Z