We flew from Washington to Michigan, drove from Michigan to New York, next we fly from New York to Miami and drive from Miami to Orlando. After a few days with friends in Orlando, we’ll drive back to Miami to fly to Quito Ecuador, then at last- taxi to Cotacachi!
In Orlando Florida we have close friends that have become part of our family. We haven’t seen them in a few years so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit them. But before we left New York (actually New Jersey) we had one more stop to make. To Carlos Bakery, the bakery from our favorite baking show- Cake Boss.
With that out of the way (worth it!) it was time to load up like the Clampetts and get going.
We got in pretty late once we arrived in Orlando, but our gracious hosts, aka our Friends- stayed up late to welcome us. After a warm welcome, (on their part, I was probably grouchy tired) we all crashed hard.
The day we flew out of New Jersey it was 50 degrees, our first day in Orlando was a sticky 85+ degrees. We woke up late feeling well rested.
Our friends suprised us with a couple days at Disney World. Usually when I think of going to Disney, I imagine long lines, scorching heat and sore feet- The happiest Place on Earth? But our friends both work for Disney and know how to work the park. They got fast passes for rides that we wanted to do, we had nice lunches and saw the good shows. We had a blast together.
In addition to 2 days at Disney we also got to enjoy a morning at the beach, a warm beach. Mel’s happiest place on earth!
The time here went so quick, and before we knew it, it was time to pack up again and say goodbye.
One last flight!
We’ve gotten pretty good flying as a family and the less than 4 hours flew by! - get it? FLEW by, pretty good huh? (I know - it’s terrible) We landed in Quito Ecuador about 8pm and slowly made it through security and immigration. Our plan is to stay in Quito tonight at a hotel that is 2 minutes from the airport. Tomorrow, we have friends picking us up.
The last time we came to Ecuador, Mel and I got real bad altitude sickness- it was horrible! Altitude sickness results from being in a high altitude location and because your body isn’t used to the lack of oxygen you get a severe headache/migraine, and other possible not-fun symptoms. Quito’s elevation is 9,350 ft, Cotacachi’s elevation is 8,000 ft. To help prevent from getting it you are suppose to lay low and take it easy. That’s what we hope to do, however we still have to finalize where we will be staying for the first month here.
Well, that’s for worrying about tomorrow, tonight is about getting some needed rest in our hotel.