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Going to a town like Hippy-Hoppa, how could we not have fun?

We have been trying to replace our "plastic stool" end tables for a long time, but never seemed to be able to find suitable replacements.  So...we decided to head back up to the same little "factory" that made all of our living room furniture.

To get there, we have to go north to Montecristi, which is an ancient town just east of Manta.  We did not want to fight the traffic in Manta, so we chose to drive inland and go through the famous city of Jipijapa (pronounced Hippyhoppa).  Thinking of that name, reminded me of Hoplong Cassidy, and hence the excuse for the previous entry...

To get there we go north on the Ruta Del Sol through a bunch of Coastal towns, turn east when we get to Punta Cuyo, to Jipijapa, and then head north to Montecristi.

We had to drive through a really nice beach resort town called Puerto Lopez...so here are several pics that we took.

 

 Coquita waited anxiously for me to get away from the cliff where the two above shots were done...

 

The beach scene is just as pretty as the overhead shots...

 The whole town has decided "No Yellow Taxis", and has opted for the much more picturesque motorbike models...much nicer...

 

 

Some features of the main drag...

 

 

 

 Just north of Puerto Lopez, we encounter this "cathedral of trees" extending for over a mile in three groves...

 

The hills were covered with these pretty flowers...

 Coming into Jipijapa...we encounter some friendly greeters...

 

Here is the wide shot taken from the road leading north out of Jipijapa...

 Rolling into town, we liked the look of this church...

 

 We liked the original look of the town square...

 

 And a thriving town like this has a pretty neat looking central park church...

 

 

Nice wide streets--plenty of parking...

 

 

I guess you can't take the farm out of the boy, but I really liked this five story ear of corn...each kernel is bigger than a person's head!

 

We arrived just fine in Montecristi...and had lunch in their new civic center...featuring a "lucky Seven Red Train"...what more could you ask?

 

 

 'Course...all you river boat gamblers know exactly where that lucky red seven goes...

Posted on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 07:29AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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