Sunday, March 14, 2010


Today we made a quick trip to Ellensburg, Wa. This is a nice OLD community, lots of brick and old places with placards stating that they have been there since 1892. We appreciate it very much since the Tri-Cities was built by the government to house all the Hanford workers back in the 40's. Not too much brick and cool architechture here.

Our trip was to attend a baby shower for a family friend. She was a good friend of our daughter's, and we could not miss this special event.The shower was very nice and she is beautiful in her pregnancy. The bittersweet part was seeing all these friends of our daughters all grown up, without Roseann being there too, she would have loved it. We miss her very much.

We got to hang out with our other daughter Kelsey, she is attending Central Washington University. She was dissapointed I think that we did not fall for the poor college student scam and take her shopping, but let us off with "oh well I guess I could spend my own money..." UH, yeah... that would be a nice idea!

As we were eating lunch in an old historic building that had been there since 1892, I was reflecting on covered wagons... and how our moving to Ecuador is kind of like those settlers. They were traveling by covered wagon, to find their promised land, or gold, and a better life.
We have our planes this time. We dont seek actual gold, but do look for the richness of a better way of life and a new way of life, or one with out the 9-5 grind that has defined us for so many years.

I waxed so philosophical I fell asleep while Randy drove.......

We called off our normal Sunday nite feed, we were just too wore out. So what did we do? We ripped the house apart looking for my Digital Camera battery Charger... Lost.. gremlins, or just plain left it somewhere.. to get another one soon.

Randy decided that he would pack his stereo speakers. He has an idea that if he bubblewraps them they will be ok. I hope so. I just see the baggage handlers flinging those bags from aiplane to terminal and we open up the luggage to black boxes that rattle... alot.. I must say at this point that our reconnisance mission to Ecuador included indepth searches of local stores for stereo equipment. Randys music is like breath. He has to have it, and it has to sound good. So hopefully this will work. He is determined not to ship anything; he may find he needs a respirator when we get to Cuenca...


  1. Try packing a box as a suitcase just be sure to check dimensions and weight!Wrap it in some cheap wall paper with self adhesive and give it some handles of rope. We have done this many times. Love your posts!

  2. What a great idea! I guess I need to think "out of the box" more :-)
    Glad you enjoy the posts. I hope they become more helpful the closer we get to leaving.

  3. Just recently discovered the various Ecuador blogs. Enjoying yours. My sympathies to Randy and his speakers. Living in Mexico with my precious stereo and speakers back in Olympia, Washington, I'm wondering how I will get them to Cuenca when I move there in May. In Mexico I compromised with high end stereo in-ear ear buds, excellent sound, but after a while . . . I'd be VERY leery of limiting my packing of stereo equipment to bubble wrap alone.

    Are you bringing your personal belongings down, suitcase by suitcase?