Travel Post – fond memories of El Refugio de Intag

20150406walkway

Walkway between the houses. This mural is by Sandy Statz, now an Ecuadorean citizen who lives up the road about 2 miles in a house she designed herself.

20150406mainhouse

The main house at El Refugio de Intag

20150406typicalview

Typical view at a sunny moment – it rains and rains and rains. The dirt in the foreground is from the road construction company that is improving the road from Cotacachi.

20150406naranjilla

Naranjilla plant blossoming. The fruit is one of many special tastes in Ecuador – delicioso! con sucre en jugo.

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Peter Joost, naturalist, bird watcher and owner of this refugio is leading another hike. He found and identified more bugs, botanicals and birds than I thought possible!

20150406peterandsandy

Peter holding a surprise for Sandy!

20150406naptim

A neighbor drops by during nap time. I’ve never seen a horse halter or bridle strung this way, but it is how all the horses are harnessed here. It seems to be gentler.

20150406petals

A few petals from the floor of the cloud forest that I find on our hike this morning – and it looks so green!

20150406porch

Lovely porch

20150406frontgate

and this is the way to the front gate – so many birds!

20150406tanegers

Blue grey tanenger. Photo taken by Peter Joost!

20150406house

Four bedroom house on the other side of the river, still on the property – it can be rented out!

20150406euphonia

The black and brilliant yellow ones are euphonia. See the belly of the bird by the tree branch? And the bright orange bird to the far left. I need to find their names.

20150406Statzpainting

Painting by Sandy Statz. Table top weavings by ladres in the community. belt by Nilda of Chinceros, Peru. Flowers are ones I picked on my nature walk this morning.

20150406embroidery

Embroidered “painting” by multi-talented Lupe who does all the cooking here, too.

20150406lupeandfamily

Lupe, Oswaldo and the twins!

20150406brothers

Brothers

20150406rapidstream

Ramelle Pulitzer

20150406quia

Peter watching his new quail – on their second day here – there are seven somewhere!

20150406quail

Quail learn under and over.

20150406arielcat

Ariel the cat and his best friend.

20150406bienvenidos

Peter at the main house – Bienvenidos!

20150406bananafeeder

The one and only banana bird feeder!

20150406dawn

Good Morning!

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