Just two hours from Quito and not a house in sight (Brian Morgan)
Missoula's flight connections have improved so much since I first flew to Ecuador that I arrived in Quito in just 13 hours versus the 20+ it used to take! Betty and Marcelo met me at the airport with big smiles and hugs. They just finished building their new home, I'm staying with them for the first time, rather than at a hotel. I've worked with Betty & Marcelo since my first years running tours in Ecuador, and they are just like family. The two served up a scrumpious dinner of sauted shrimp, steamed rice and vegitables, and we downed it all with a bottle of cherry wine made in Missoula - yes, we have wineries in Missoula, Montana! We had a great time talking late into the night. Tomorrow, Marcelo and I are heading high up into the mountains to explore some new areas and hike some of our Cayambe-Coca trek.
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