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Would anyone like to swing across the river?!

Open call to anyone who would like to compete in the River-crossing Competition!!

(Rio Cinto – Mindo, Ecuador) —When I learned that a friend planned to trek to the high ridge across Rio Cinto, I asked if I could tag along.  We agreed to meet at ten o’clock this past Saturday morning.   Since the starting point was very near the property, I walked the short distance and arrived a few minutes before the rest of the group.

We planned to go to the top of that hill... well, we thought that was the target!

We planned to go to the top of that high point… well, we thought that might be the target!

...or was it there??

…or was it there??  (Why were we trying to reach the top?)

New friends have a little house somewhere on the ridge, and THEY HAVE GOOD INTERNET reception!  We planned to explore options for bouncing that signal down the property...

New friends have a little vacation house somewhere on the ridge, and they have  GOOD INTERNET reception! We planned to explore options for bouncing that signal down to the property…

The neighbors, who live in Quito, were unable to meet us (car trouble!) but their worker Lenin was there to guide us to their property.

Since I arrived first, Lenin showed me how to cross then patiently waited to help me on the far side.

Since I arrived first, Lenin showed me how to cross, then he patiently waited for my ‘landing’ on the far side.

Here’s a little background music to get us in the mood to swing!

Ready… Set… Let’s Go!!!

Hmmmm.  Look up... Sure! Let's Go!

Hmmmm. Look up… Sure! Let’s Go!

Do you think this would pass OSHA requirements in the USA?

Do you think this would pass OSHA requirements in the USA?

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It has character, and it made us all smile!

It has character, and it made us all smile!

Half way across, I motioned to Lenin that I would retrieve my camera and take a few photos...   The landing on the far side was easy!

Half way across, I motioned to Lenin that I would take a few photos… The landing on the far side was easy!

The area of the crossing was not quite so calm this past January!

The area of the crossing was not quite so calm this past January!

Ater seeing me safely grounded on the other side, Lenin then zipped back to the other side to assist the other members of the 'Trekking Party."

Ater seeing me safely grounded on the far side, Lenin zipped back to assist the other members of the ‘Trekking Party’ who had just arrived.

The other members of the trekking party were 'all smiles' as they prepared to cross Rio Cinto!

Gary, David and Rolando were ‘all smiles’ as they prepared to cross Rio Cinto!

(Do the Olympic Games have River-crossing events?

(Do the Olympic Games have River-crossing events?)

We had no idea that our trek would last over four hours!

Final participant - all smiles as well!

Final participant Rolando illustrates that childlike enthusiasm that we all experienced!

Swing secured, we embarked on a journey to the top of the mountain ridge.

Swing secured, we embarked on a journey that would take us to the top of the mountain ridge.

Leaving around ten, we had no idea that it would be three in the afternoon before we returned to the starting point!

Leaving around ten, we had no idea that it would be three in the afternoon before we returned to the starting point!

 

Stay tuned! Don’t change that channel!

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