The Kinghorn Family


The Kinghorn Family

The Kinghorns are traveling!!!

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 16th 2009

Our 3-month journey has come to an end. We´re back in Quito awaiting our flight home later tonight. We left Vilcabamba on thursday morning, headed to Riobamba, via Loja. We got to Loja three minutes late and missed our connecting bus. Ecuador is usually an hour behind... but on December 10th it was on time... except for our first bus... confusing? we bought new tickets and sat on a bench to wallow in our failure to use the only reserved bus tickets we have bought so far (no refunds). I put my bag down next to me on the bench, looked over at Emily, then turned back to get the rum out of my (small) backpack, but it was gone... not just the rum. I ran around uselessly and we searched the bathrooms and dumpsters in ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Vilcabamba December 8th 2009

We're back in Ecuador now after spending a few days at the beach and a really nice week in the highlands of Peru. After a grueling 30 hours of bus travel (cramped, sweaty, yelling Peruvians, and a broken bridge), we arrived in Huaraz in the Cordillera Blanca ('White Mountain Range', Andes) at around 3am. From Huaraz, we did a day hike 'almost' to Laguna Churup ... the altitude (around 14,000 feet) really got to us (me, Emily) and we ended up just walking around the mountainside, which had some spectacular and satisfying views anyway. Next we went to Caraz, a smaller and more pleasant town about 2 hours north of Huaraz. We checked into a nice hostal (Hostal Chavin) where we were pleasantly surprised with an extremely friendly and helpful dueño (owner). He helped us with ... read more
On the way to Laguna Churup
Laguna Churup Hike
Laguna Paron

South America November 26th 2009

Hello from Tumbes, Peru! We've had an eventful week in Ecuador. We started off by going east from Quito to Papallacta, where we carried our packs up a 2.5km road to some thermal baths. We got some choclos (corn on the cob) from an old lady whose choclo stand was also her house and continued on to Baeza. From Baeza we visited Las Cascadas del San Rafael, the biggest waterfall in Ecuador. It was absolutely amazing! (see photo) Next we went through Tena to the small jungle town of Misahaullí. There we played with the seemingly innocent capuchin monkeys in the park for a bit. We quickly realized they were not quite so innocent as one stole my camera case. Zack heroically recovered it by grabbing the screaming primate and shaking it. (don´t feel bad, remember ... read more
Monkeys in Misahaullí
Balsa Wood Canoes
Capibaras at the Animal Rescue Place

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » San Cristóbal Island November 15th 2009

hmm. thought we´d put a blip up. we packed our bags up after a month and some in the galapagos and are headed back to quito on monday. last update i think emily mentioned we found a cheap boat to hop on to tour the islands. we had intended to just spend a long weekend on santa cruz (another island with a larger town and bigger harbor) to look for ways to get around the islands, but a few hours after we got off the ferry, we happened apon a tour that was leaving that afternoon. they had two places left, and we are two people, and we got the trip at pretty much 50%. we took our small weekend day packs and hopped on ´rumba´. it was a proud little ship. it held ten guests ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island November 1st 2009

Update from the land of giant tortoises - We went on a search this weekend for a cheap tour for the week after our last work week at the reserve, which is our last week in Galápagos. We didn´t have much luck in the port of San Cristobal, so we decided to take a ferry over to the bigger town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. We got here this morning and within one hour of being here we found a tour for an extremely good price, about 1/2 off the normal price! The trick is that it leaves today! So we´re off to spend the week cruising and snorkeling around the Galápagos on the Rumba. We´ll finish up our volunteering the week after and then head back to Quito on November 16th. We have next ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » San Cristóbal Island October 31st 2009

We just finished our second week of work at the reserve...the time is flying by! This week included a lot of machete work, clearing some land for the organic garden. Other than that, we did some seed planting, watering, and a trip to the Interpretation Center where we read all about the history of the Galápagos. During the week we had the chance to go on a authentic Galapaganian pig hunt! We ventured into the dense island woods at night with a flashlight or two, a sling shot, a bucket of rocks, a few guys speaking spanish, a quite german girl, a friendly little black dog (the supposed pig hunter) and a machete. Three hours later, after an extended battle with pricker bushes, we walked out of the woods with a live chicken and an orange. ... read more
Wild Horses
Los Lobos (Sea Lions)

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » San Cristóbal Island October 24th 2009

Hello from the Galápagos! A beautiful place! The weather has been amazing! We heard it cleared up right when we got was rainy and moist everyday until we arrived. Now it´s been sunny and warm! The reserve is located about 45 minutes away from the main town, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. Everyone at the reserve has been very friendly, especially the volunteer coordinator (Cesar) who reminds us of one of our permaculture teachers Claude William Genest. We also met up with Phil, the Scottish man who was at La Hesperia who came here a week ago. (Phil is a 40ish year old guy from Scotland. He works to live and has traveled all over the world. His main occupation at home, besides what ever makes money, is a career in his local ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 18th 2009

thought i´d put a blurb in my blog. yesterday i climbed mt cotopaxi. 19,300 some foot active volcano. one of the highest in the world. it was a very radical experience. probably one of the most physicaly intense experiences of my life. a friend from la hesperia (matt) and i decided to go for it. most people acclimate near the base of the mountain for a few days, but we heard you can do it with out and we didn´t have much time... so we just went. we got rental gear and a guide and headed out. went to the base of the mountain on friday afternoon and hiked with a big bag of gear up to the base camp. we both felt the alitutude a bit then, but nothin wild, just tired. we did ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 16th 2009

Hi from Quito again, We just finished our volunteer time at La Hesperia. We really enjoyed the time we spent there, but are excited to move on to new and different things! Such as going to the Galapagos Islands on Monday for three more weeks of volunteering! We heard from some volunteers at La Hesperia who knew people who had volunteered there who said it was absolutely amazing. I´m really excited, but am enjoying the few days we have off from work. At La Hesperia we met another couple from Canada (Kelsey and Matt) who are traveling Ecuador and Peru. They left La Hesperia at the same time we did. Zack and Matt left Quito this morning to hike up the second highest mountain in Ecuador, Cotopaxi. It´s elevation is around 19,000 feet! They hired a ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 11th 2009

We´re about to leave Quito to go back to the reserve for our last week there. We came to Quito with a few of the other volunteers to go to the Ecuador vs. Uruguay fútbol game. If Ecuador won, they would have qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but sadly they lost! It was a very close game, with some unfortuneate events (getting scored on). We were really anticipating Ecuador winning for obvious reasons, but also that the city would have been crazy the entire night! It would have been quite the experience, but instead it was just a regular night in Quito. Now I´m just going to have one of the Ecuador chants stuck in my head for about a week.....¡Vamos!...¡Ecuatorianos!....¡esta tarde!...¡tenemos que ganar! Not much more interesting to say. Back to ... read more

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