montañas

23 Jan

I went mountain hiking/climbing/traversing today! It took my breath away- from the altitude and the spectacular views (excuse the joke). The pictures do the scenery no justice at all.

Rachel, Adam, and I took a taxi (my first taxi ride in Ecuador) to the cable car (Teleférico- the longest in the world) to 4,100 m. We figured we hiked up to about 4,500 m. The hike up took 2.5 hours and the way down took considerably less time. It was fantastic.

There was one point where we were climbing fairly steep rocks- you could call it a cliff in honesty, I think- and I started to freak out (plus I was already a little light-headed from the altitude and looking down). I had to talk to myself out loud to get myself back down the ledge… which is harder to do than going up it.  I hope there will be more time for playing in the mountains. I still am having a difficult time believing that what I saw/did was real.

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After we got to “Quito-level,” we found a restaurant in the touristy area of town and I ordered my first beer here. The Pilsner comes in a glass liter bottle (recycled, I believe) and costs $1.43. Although in reality it’s pretty watery, it was perfect for the moment.

Again, I have failed to read my homework and will be up later than I want to skimming the articles. But really, who wants to do academic work when there are fucking mountains to explore!!

Deseos de amor,

k

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6 Responses to “montañas”

  1. Sherryse January 24, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Kelly! Your pictures are SO beautiful! I am living vicariously though you, okay?

    • kmgrr February 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

      I’m so glad you like them! I’ll keep them coming 🙂

  2. Willie January 24, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Kelly,
    I can’t believe that you remembered about Ferdinand the Bull sitting under the cork trees smelling the flowers. Keep smelling the flowers, you only go around once, and this is no rehersel. Love you- – –

    • kmgrr February 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

      That’s one of my favorite books, still.

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