Dandelions and Daisies Don’t Live on Mars

Our wheels cracked over the crumbling rocks as they smushed into the soft, rich soil beneath the Jeep. I pushed my nose out the window to breathe in the crisp, clean air. I pulled the soft, furry edges of my alpaca wool jacket closer to my ears. The door creaked open as I slid out into the strange, cold, and humid atmosphere.

I turned back to clutch two tiny hands in mine, as each of our kids tumbled from the car kicking pebbles at my shoes. Their eyes were wide and unblinking, staring hard into the distance. I watched them, as they took in our surroundings. Piles of jagged black rocks gave way to startling, desolate canyons and then climbed again to peaks on the other side. My husband stepped up next to us, taking our daughter by the hand. She looked up at him and said, “Dad, are we on Mars?” His eyes sparkled with laughter as he looked down at her and put his finger to her rosy nose. “No, my dear, we are still in Ecuador.”

 

 

 

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72 Replies to “Dandelions and Daisies Don’t Live on Mars”

  1. What a beautiful adventure you had that day! Your pictures are stunning and the types of grasses and flowers in this area are so unique, I’ve never seen anything like it! No wonder your daughter asked if you were on another planet! Everything is so beautiful.

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  2. There really is nothing more beautiful than nature itself. I love that you took the kids here, it’s the perfect place for some good old family time! The flowers are simply beautiful and that view? STUNNING!

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    1. The view and everything in the environment were simply breathtaking! Traveling with kids makes every experience amplified. Now we have done it this way, I can not imagine the discoveries we would miss without having done it with kids!

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    1. Oh, thank you! I really appreciate the compliment. I am really just learning about photography, but I was pleased with how the photos turned out on this day. My only regret, is not taking more photos of ht kids! Lesson learned 🙂

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      1. Thanks a lot! Yes, I am planning to be there in about 2-3 weeks. Currently I am in southern Colombia and dont knoe exactly how much time it will be till I reach the coast 🙂

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  3. We always travel with the kids and so love seeing things from their point of view. You never know what they’ll come up with. Once, while on a train, my then 5 year old son spotted a sign indicated your should run in a certain direction in case of fire. He interpreted it a little differently and said excitedly, “Look, mom! Running is allowed!” LOL!

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  4. Gorgeous photos! Ecuador seems to have such a variety of landscapes – it’s no wonder your daughter thought you were on another planet. I bet your kids are loving being able to spend so much time outside. They are super cute, by the way.

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  5. These are such beautiful images & while I haven’t been to this region in particular, I have been to Ecuador so I’m not surprised – it’s a very picturesque country & you’ve really sold it here, I want to go back for some more hiking!

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    1. Thank you! There is just so much diversity in landscape and culture, I think it would takes years to discover it all in Ecuador. The more we explore, the more we want to see. It is an incredible country, especially for hiking!

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  6. Incredible. I would have never have guessed the sights that those pictures provided. I love reading about what toddlers and young children find and see. They seem to always be in search of something else or something that we would never think to look for. Well written and in such a calming manner. Loved it!

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    1. That is so much of the beauty of Ecuador, you really just never know what you’ll come across next. And of course, seeing it with kids…like you said, we can count on them to notice something that we did not. It is amazing! 🙂

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  7. I love volcanoes, this is the first I’ve read abut any in Ecuador! That was such a cute thing of your daughter to ask, if you were on Mars, how lucky she is to be taken to such an rarely visited place. I will remember the Antisana volcanoes from this post!

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  8. Such a beautiful landscape! I have visited some volcanic landscape and I am always fascinated by them. Especially when you think how close the destroying power and their life giving lava ground are correlating together. I like your close up shots here, the purple flower in the Alamo Grass is adorable.

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  9. You certainly experienced this natural paradise to the fullest. The discover of the the daisies and dandelions was pretty neat in a volcanic field. The photos really told a nice story of your experience and I enjoyed reading the post.

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  10. Ecuador does look fascinating – a place I long to visit along with the Galapagos. The nature pics are so beautiful with all the blooming flowers. Volcanoes have a certain charm and this one looks like it could be mistaken for Mars 🙂

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  11. Such a gorgeous adventure and what an amazing thing to share with your family. My younger sister is 13 years younger than me, and I can remember traveling New Zealand with her when she was 4, is was amazing to see the world through her eyes. she was quite disappointed that we didn´t meet any Hobbits while we were there… Made me quite nostalgic reading your post about Mars!

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    1. Aww, what a great memory! I wouldn’t change these experiences for the world. I am positive that having our children with us makes everything better. No hobbit searches yet, but fairies and trolls have been contemplated 🙂

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  12. Your narration in the post is very engaging. I didn’t at all found it very tiresome to read as I’m very entertained and could well imagined how your day went by. Your kids are very smart and have made very intelligent observations from Mars to the discovery of the flowers dotting the landscape. What an adventure for your kids!

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    1. I am not sure that it is a time of year here. In this place, I understand that the weather is mostly stable and there really isn’t much variation from season to season. In other words, these blooms might be continuous all year round!

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