Month: June 2018

An Impression of Quito

Quito is the capital city of Ecuador and we had a wonderful walking tour of the city today. Took lots of photos but no time to download them. Here are a few snapped with my phone, just to give a flavor of our hotel and the city.

We have a very early start time tomorrow … 4:30AM and we are getting to sleep early because we are worn out!

Click HERE to read about our walking tour of Quito.

Day One Plus Some

Flights went well, even though it was a very long day. We hooked up with our travel partners in Dallas and the true Adventure began.

This trip came about as a celebration of Olivia’s High School Graduation.  She picked Tory, her sister, to travel with her.  Unfortunately, Tory had to pull out because her volleyball team made the Junior Nationals, which would be played the same week as our travel. Catherine graciously agreed to fill in, and Olivia graciously permitted Mom to go along on her expedition. 

Also joining us were Amy and Claudia from California. Amy is a good friend from my college days, and has also become a close friend to Lou.  Claudia is Amy’s sister and also our friend. We have had the pleasure of traveling together on a few Caribbean Cruises, and there are always good stories to share. It will be fun to catch up, and also get the perspective of others on our adventures.

We had a 5 1/2 hour flight to Ecuador from Dallas, arriving at midnite. It was after 1am by the time we arrived at the hotel … more on the hotel tomorrow.

Catherine and Olivia (Olivia is in charge)

Amy and Claudia (Claudia is in charge)

Click HERE to read about our first impressions of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.

Adventure Bound

Note – if you arrived here via a link we provided to read about our Galápagos Adventure, you will find a Click HERE link at the bottom of each post that takes you to the next post in the series.

We are preparing for our upcoming adventure to the Galápagos Islands. We leave this week and will be gone for about a week and a half. Hope to take lots of photos and may even share a few 🙂

We are looking forward to booking up with family and friends – more on that later, once we see who actually makes it for the trip! Neither Lou nor I are 100% fit, but then, we’d never go anywhere if that was our target. Lou is adapting to his new knee, and I am wrestling with a few old age related things like bone spurs in my foot. But, hopefully we will be able to rise to the challenge and enjoy the trip. If hiking is too much for us, we can always sit back, sipping gin and tonics on the deck of the boat.

A preview of what is to come:

Click HERE for the scoop on our arrival in Ecuador.

Two in One

Today is a double dipper day …

First, Happy Birthday to Catherine!!! May every day bring a smile to your face!



And Happy Father’s Day to Lou!!!

The Hoot …

We have a fairly new restaurant near us. It was opened last year but was only so so. They have reopened and it seems to be much better this year. It is called The Hoot.

We went with Donna and Caroline, our neighbors, and had a very nice evening. They have a smallish menu. Lou chose the burger, while the ladies and I all had the halibut. The halibut was delicious, and I would definitely go again. They also serve a nice goat cheese appetizer, and the Hoot Fries have a taste of truffle oil. I’d have these again, too.