The Last Drop of Ordinary

The final moments of this life close in on us like the last curtain. Heavily collapsing through the air with a murky cloud of dust left hanging in the air. Our obligations to this life linger for a moment in the aftermath. But, ultimately they break apart and dissolve into infinity; as if they were never…

A Cup of Tea for A Dragon

A silvery wisp of mist circles through the air in a curl around my nose, sneaking in a through the part in my lips- to fill the deepest corners of my chest. The kids exchanged sidelong glances as the mystic clouds rose far above our heads. They crept into the sky before falling heavily over…

Lullabies of the Sacha Runa

Slish-slop-and slurp goes the truck as it sloshes through the real life version of chutes and ladders. Down a hill and through a valley and up a hill again. SPLATT! A generous dallop of nature’s mud-pudding flops itself smack-center on the windshield. The kids giggle as they topple side to side in the open back…

Lured by the Jewel of the Andes

I sat up in the stillness of the night, taking in a deep breath of the brisk, tonic air. The moon seeped through the clouds, sending a glow across the curtain of condensation that clung to the windows. I watched as one tiny sliver of rain lost its footing and slid down the glass like…

The Whisper of the Universe

The universe is calling. Can you hear her? The voice is pure and delicate. Like the sweet whisper of morning dew as it rests on the first flowers of spring. Her message is clear, mirroring the hints from a sunbeam that refracts against the crystal gem of water. Enlightenment has begun. How much more time…

The Bride of Cotopaxi

As our humble, able red truck crackled along the crunchy mud roads, our children hung from the windows breathing in the thick, foggy air. It smelled of mint and eucalyptus, pine and grass, wet soil and spring blooms. The silence ached in our ears like the space in time after the last note of a…

They Call Me Magma

Our adventures have begun! Well, perhaps we should say that our adventures have advanced! We have been living and exploring in Ecuador for over a year now. The year has been so grand that we decided it was time to step it up a notch. We have become comfortable with trotting around a third world…

We Don’t Need Rockets to Visit Volcanoes

The house is buzzing with preparations. Half hazard organization in carefully laid piles amidst the chaos that is typical of a house run by toddlers. Rainbows colored puddle jumpers, freshly folded jeans, and fuzzy alpaca sweaters that smell like an old closet. Four carefully planned backpacks, a gifted picnic basket, and small bag of dog…

Inspire Spontaneity. Invite Mystery. Indulge Adventure.

“Click. Click. Jangle. Jangle,” whisper the keys as they tango in his fingertips. The ignition tilts into place and our new cat purrs into submission. I glance through the corner of my big, square frames as a smile sneaks across my face. My husband catches my eye and offers a little wink, as we pull onto…

The Rustic Lighthouse of San Jacinto

We love to visit this small light beacon that rests on a rocky shore in another fishing village just south of where we live. The best part of it, in my opinion, is that is appears to be a bit neglected in appearance. This could be totally false, as I now understand how destructive the…

123 Species of Hummingbirds in Ecuador

It’s no big surprise that we see tributes to the hummingbird everywhere we go in Ecuador, especially so in the capital city of Quito. The very diverse, artistic culture in the country loves to give extra focus on arguably the most beautiful bird in the world. The image of the hummingbird has been used for…

Standing on the Equator Means Being in Two Places at Once

Have you ever missed somebody so much, that you wished you could just reach across the distance to grab them by the hand? Or have you ever wished that you could be in two places at once? When you’re standing on the Equator, anything is possible! Just outside of Quito, you can stand on the…