We have more pictures from our April walking adventures and a little about Pachamama (Mother Nature).
First, we'll share some pics.
We're still discovering new-to-us street art. Lots of talented artists here.
We've always had a healthy respect for Pachamama (Mother Nature). Growing up in the San Francisco área, we appreciate how fast nature can change, whether it is an earthquake or rip tides on the beach.
Yesterday, we experienced a 5.3 earthquake in Cuenca. Lots of rock n roll, no damage or injuries here, but it did get our attention. Out of habit, the first thing we always do when we feel a quake is locate our shoes! And, it prompted us to kind of review stuff we might need in an emergency...cash on hand, an exit plan, wáter/ food, etc.
Ecuador is Earthquake Country, just like San Francisco. Cuenca is not as risky for big ones, but you never know, especially if you travel to those áreas more at risk, North to Quito, for example.
Pachamama also showed her forcé with recent rains, mudslides and flooding of the rivers. One river rose so rapidly it caught an 86 year old woman doing laundry at the river and swept her away. Her body has yet to be found. Yesterday we read that a rescue team of 3 went searching for her body and one man, the Fire Chief of Paute, drowned when the boat tipped over. Again, Pachamama got our attention!
We don't go anywhere near the rivers, including the pretty walking paths, when they roar from the storms. Each year we witness rescue teams out looking for children and adults alike. It's no time to decide to fish or do laundry or enjoy the scenery or whatever anywhere near the rivers, if you have a choice.
Pachamama can also cause some concern along the beaches. High waves are predicted for this weekend, so be careful. We grew up respecting the ocean and her tides, but so many have no idea what can happen. Each year it seems we hear about folks getting swept away on our Coast, just like we'd hear about the crazy tourists in SF. If you have no experience with the ocean, it's time to educate yourself if you're headed that way. Those of us who lived in California already have that caution ingrained in our DNA.
Stay safe! Pachamama is beautiful and peaceful, most of the time. Ecuador's beauty will take your breath away, from the majestic Andes to the gorgeous coastline. But, she can change on a dime.
Feliz Cumpleaños, Rox! Happy Birthday!