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Banos--up and around...

Here is a shot of Banos...actually a small town, right in the bowl of a bunch of really high volcanic mountains...

 

Our hotel is right below this bluff, where the super spring exudes all the water for the amazing waterfall...and you remember that this water has religious and mineral healing effects for many people.  So, coupled with the fact the many of the baths are heated by volcanic magma, we see many folks lined up all day and night to soak up the mental and physical relief.

Here is Rox filling up a bottle of the sacred water for Agripina.

 Coincidentally, this is the first anniversary of the passing of Agripina's mother, and since she is deeply religious, maybe this water will help her through the day...

 

Here are a couple of shots of paintings on buildings around town...

 

In addition to the regular disco scene, we detected a "Goth-Gamer"undercurrent in town, as evidenced by these paintings and by many shops that sell Goth and Dark Gamer paraphernalia... 

 

 

Another phenomenon that we noticed, is that all of the produce fields seem to be bordered by trees that form nice looking hedges...

 

Some of these border hedges are only four feet high and some are over 20 feet high...'course the farmers here, as everywhere, must surround their fields with barbed wire to keep the livestock out of the crops.  (One thing that I didn't notice until right now, is that Ecuador does not have mule deer, who will eat anything in your garden if you don't have an 8 foot fence).

Take a look at this pretty flower...

 

This flower is not pictured out of context...it is actually a fence post!!!

 Turns out that when the farmers cut limbs off of live trees to use as fence posts, that the soil here is so rich, that the the limbs just grow into trees again...thus creating the nice looking borders around many of the fields!

Since we are showing flowers, here are a couple more that we found along the side of the cobblestone road...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taffy pulling is common in shops specializing in sweets...we saw many shops where the "taffy puller" would spend a really long time pulling this candy out about six feet and then throwing it back on the peg to pull it out over and over again...

 

 

This bus is the same one that picked up a happy group from our hotel at 10:00 pm for a night of touring waterfalls and discos...they parked outside our window and had the rock blasting back to the revelers, who all started clapping and singing as they drove away...they got back about three in the morning...but the music was turned down just a bit...they were still all laughing...

 Rox liked the real bus so much that she bought this cute little ceramic one to take home...

And, if the bus is too tame for you, you can always take the Rhino Car...

Here are a couple of footbridges to take your breath away...

 

 

 

  When Rox returned from a photo op at the center of the bridge, she was quite happy to be on solid ground as she said that it swayed sideways, and with each step it bounced up and down, plus the metal plating of the floor "creaked funny"...

On our drive home as we approached Milagro, a large city just northeast of Guayaquil, we passed about a hundred nurserys...We guess these folks supply a huge amount of landscaping.  This shot will give you a taste of what we saw...

  

Posted on Sat, November 21, 2009 at 09:09AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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