Road trip to Manta

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We recently found a great place to grab a bite to eat. The food is good, inexpensive and they have enough room for all of us to sit together!

Danny ordered a dish that had octopus tentacles in it. Luckily that sort of thing doesn’t bother him…it doesn’t bother me either, as long as I’m not the one eating it!

Yesterday we had to travel to a town a couple of hours away to sign some papers pertaining to our stay here in Ecuador, so all 12 of us piled into a van and set out on a 2 hour drive through the countryside to Manta.

The Tanda Malaika and Zatara creatures took up the back seats, chatting and laughing among themselves. They are having so much fun spending time together, exploring, watching movies in the evenings and playing games.
We passed through areas of really dense foliage where endless green reached far and deep.

Some hillsides were covered in neat rows of corn, and continued on as far as we could see.

After passing through a small town with some sketchy looking electric wiring jobs, we continued on into more green countryside.

We passed areas where rice was being grown. It was all fascinating to see.

What a beautiful country this is.

My favorite tree that we saw is the Ceiba tree. They stand tall with wide branches and look like they’d be perfect for climbing and building tree houses in. Many of the people from Ecuador and Peru believe that deities live in the Ceiba tree.

We thoroughly enjoyed our road trip, and got the papers signed that we needed to. Any day now we should have all paperwork approved for Galapagos. We are all excited and ready to set sail.

In the mean time, we continue to work on projects, explore our surroundings, and spend time together as friends and family. Life is good.

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