This is the continuing saga of Grace, a baby boomer, adventurer and lover of the environment, as extracted directly from her diary, as she wrote it. Grace lives between her residences in Canada and Ecuador.
It is as written by Grace in her diary. Photos are by Grace.
" Nataly, and her 6 year old son, Estavan who live across the swinging bridge, dropped in on her
way to her parent’s town of Cuellaje. She was going to take the milk truck there... with tomatoes
from their farm. I thought I would go for the ride.
We waited at the bus stop with about 10 cases of tomatoes. In about 45 minutes the milk truck came, Fabian was riding on the back of it when it arrived. He helped us load the boxes in the back. There were a couple of young girls already in the back.
The first town we went through was Penneherra, - we picked up some plantains and another passenger and then on to Cuellaje. The total trip was through the mountains. The scenery was
amazing from the back of the truck. When we got to Cuellaje, we stopped at a couple of stores which purchased the tomatoes and then we went to visit with her mother. I was starving, since there wasn’t time for lunch before we left.
Her mother gave us choco and fresh cheese for lunch. - Looks like corn on the cob,
but much tougher. You sprinkle it with salt and then pick the kernels off, one at a time. Not much flavour but filled me up anyway.
We then went to visit Nataly’s grandmother who lives about 2 blocks away. She was very happy to see us and we sat outside and talked for a while. Vicky, Nataly’s little sister took me to a lady that had unusual flowers, and she gave me a cutting of one of her climbing vines Nataly’s mother was turning up a couple of pairs of jeans that I had given Nataly from donations sent down with me. I told her if she just grew UP it wouldn’t be so much work for her mother ! Vicky and I went and gathered some weird fruit from the orchard.
We stayed longer and bought some chocolate and fresh buns at the store and made hot chocolate, which is a rare treat here.
When it was about 5 we hired a truck to take us home. There were now 5 instead of 3 of us. Two children were coming to send a few days with Nataly and rest of the kids. We also had 6 granadilla plants for my orchard and a dried out pumpkin for making chicha in. The ride home took about 40 minutes, compared to the hour and 15 minutes to get up the mountain. I got to ride in the front on the way home and was pleased that my Spanish was good enough to carry on a conversation with the truck driver. We arrived home just as it
was getting dark. "
Grace is the Project Administrator for Touch The Jungle in the Intag area of Ecuador
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