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Gourmet Trout Lunch at 11,500 feet...

As all the regular readers know, Cuenca sits in a bowl in the middle of the Andes.  So, if you want to leave by road, you must climb a whole lot higher just to get out.  In our experience, when we drive to the Coast, it is about a two hour drive, before you start to go downhill.  It would be nice to have an altimeter in the car.

We have discovered an excellent restaurant, built to take advantage of a fast rushing trout stream that supports dozens of trout ponds.  To get there you must drive up, up, and up for about 30 minutes--and when you arrive, you are in a different climate than Cuenca.  The air at over 11,000 feet is thin, and when the clouds cross the sun, the wind picks up, and it gets cold, where it had been hot a little before.  But it is all worth it!!!  So...take a look at our Sunday outing...

Here are Rich and Nancy enjoying their first trip...

 

We got our favorite table right by the outside pond and waterfall...

 

These little drinks seem to be a hot spicy apple-wine combo...goooood!

 

 The prices are amazingly good...but we opt for the ten buck special, which includes a top flight soup, and desserts that are to die for...

We think the soup is thickened by pureeing some squash while making traditional potato soup...

 

The house special is a huge trout covered with a white wine sauce full of shrimp and mushrooms...

 They have a dessert table, but I, being a creature of habit, opt for three of the same type--which is flan floating on shredded coconut slathered in rum...everyone else chose from a large variety of Bavarian type of rich offerings...

The temperature dropped about 25 degrees while we were eating...here is Rox and Coquita getting a little windblown...

 We had intended to go higher into the Cajas National Forest to photograph some of the wild grazing llamas, but we saw this huge storm rolling down at us, so smartly, we decided to coast down to Cuenca for hot drinks at our apartment.  Here is a picture of what was coming down the pike...

 

All in all, another fun day in the rare air...

 

Posted on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 05:54AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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