While in Oregon, we went to visit my cousin, and stopped for lunch in McMinnville, Or. They were all ready for Halloween with carved pumpkins.. very large pumpkins!
After talking with Randy and he discussing my Censo issue.. (I left the original in Cuenca) Randy decided to DHL the card to me, to avoid any issues I might have coming home. That was a quick $31.00.
After spending two weeks at my moms, I was graciously driven to Washington by my friend Glenda. As I heard it there was an arm wrestling match and she won... or was it short straws? I always get those confused..
We had a nice quick(5 hrs) drive back and then hit the town...who says old ladies can't rock the town?
While there, our friend Eddie came by and brought over all of Randy's purchases, as well as the drill that he had picked out for Randy. Here's Eddie.. soon we hope to be hosting him in our home!
Here are photos of what I unpacked from all the boxes of stuff that Randy ordered. Yes, it took 4 suitcases, one weighting in just under 70lbs!
Here are two little devils that I have personally missed very much, and I am happy to say they both still are as sweet as I remember.
|Elijah.. Eli, Big E, or just E..|
My daughter, Kelsey drove down from Ellensburg, WA to visit and drive me back to Oregon.. I think we even did a off key rendition of Over the river and through the woods to Grandmothers we go! I did manage to take a photo of Kelsey.
|Oh she is going to get me for this one!|
She even finds meaningful moments in candy...
Here are some pictures I took as we drove through the Columbia Gorge Scenic areas..
|Why do they call them tug boats when they PUSH?|
|Wind Farms on the hills|
|The mighty Columbia River|
|Awesome rock bluffs|
|John Day Dam, and Mt. Hood|
|My driver.. Kelsey|
|I think you get the idea I loved the view!|
|Well here is another that I am going to pay for..|
I HUSTLED, got to the gate... they were all boarded.. uh.. waiting for me?? Yep thats what the flight attendant said.. I sat down, all in a dither, and a flight attendant comes up to me and says that it was noticed that I did not have a return ticket from Ecuador. And that my visa is a tourist visa. I said, no I am a resident, I showed her my censo... oh bless you Randy and DHL.. she seemed very embarrassed to even be asking me but was happy I had documents to make the powers that be happy...
I was so very happy to see Randy in the airport in Quito. I had quite a time finding my bags.. there are so many planes coming in that they take the bags off the track and pile them on the floor... a system I am sure will be remedied when they get their new airport done.
The Eugenia Hotel was full so Randy got reservations at the Chalet Suisse Hotel. It was ok, for the money.. $40 it should have been nicer. I joked to Randy when I got into bed... ooh good, I can scratch my back on the sheets! The room was big, view was good until daylight.. then you saw all the icky buildings right next to you. There is a new Casino added on so we were thankful we were not in that wing. I guess the rooms are nicer over there, but very noisy. We wont return to that hotel. They were very helpful and friendly, but I liked the Eugenia much more.
|Nite view from Chalet Suisse room|
Tomorrow we may go over and check on the progress in our new rental.. we are assuming quite a few improvements on it and I can't wait to see how they look. Randy has been busy trying to get it all done before the end of the month so we can move in... did I say I am very happy to be home... yep, I am..