Monday, June 29, 2015

Puentitos Awards Ceremony

Joel, Amelia, Jacob and Elías attend Puentitos (Little Bridges) at Puente de Amor Church (Bridge of Love) every Friday afternoon.  Last week they received their awards for attendance and book work during the year.

We are thrilled that our kids have this opportunity to learn about God and the Bible at a tender age.  It will serve them their whole lives through.

Trying to catch up

Hey there, sorry that our blog has mainly been "silent."  This is due to a number of reasons, but we are trying to catch up a bit.  Thanks for your patience.  We will be "in touch."

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Field Trip Day Part 2

We continued on to another site for more frailejones.  They were in view for as far as the eye could see.  So pretty.

We wound along a nature trail.  The first stop was, for obvious reasons, the frailejón.

The second marker showed "straw," which was also in plain view everywhere.

Next up: "little pillows," a kind of moss that protects the soil from erosion.

Hugo, Elías and Joel press on along the train.

Romerillo is a common name of Spanish origin for several plants and may refer to:
Marisol's carrying Jacob on her back.

Cortaderia jubata is a species of grass known by several common names, including purple pampas grass and Andean pampas grass. It is similar to its more widespread relative, the pampas grass Cortaderia selloana, but it can get quite a bit taller, approaching seven meters in height at maximum.
This grass is native to the northern Andes but it is well-known elsewhere as an invasive species noxious weed. This grass has only pistillate parts, that is, all individuals are female. It reproduces by apomixis, in which embryos develop without fertilization (from Wikipedia).

More frailejones.

Relaxing by the water.

Look at the lovely couple!

Clowning around.

Stop number six was the achupalla plant.  Its spiny leaves appear in the most inhospitable of places on the rocky hills. Native people use it for the manufacturing of cookware, rope, bags, tools, fuel and much more.

We saw a wolf at the end of the hike and were greeted by a flat tire.  But that's another story for another time!!!!

Field Trip Day Part 1

In December (yes, I know I am late in posting this, but the pictures are worth seeing, even a few months late) our family took a field trip with Morgan and Marisol's brother Hugo to see the frailejones, or espeletia in English.  These plants, a genus of the sunflower family, mainly grows in Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.

We visited the Polylepis Park, named for these wonderful Polylepis trees.

Amelia and Joel get ready for the upcoming hike.

Elias bundled up for the day.  Carchi is north of Ibarra and thereby colder.

The trout pond.
The mountainside filled with frailejones.
Joel, Amelia and Morgan go off the trail for a closer look.

Marisol smiles for the camera!

Pretty view.

We also saw the achupalla plant along the way.

Buenos tiempos con buenos amigos.

A close-up of the frailejón flower.  You can see the sunflower similarity.

The Ecuador Farnsworths with Morgan.

Eventually Elias and Jacob needed help, especially when we reached the marshy spots.

Hugo with Joel, Amelia and Morgan.

Jacob poses for some pictures, which is somewhat rare for him.

Look what else we found along the way.

Lunch in the car before part 2 of the field trip.

What is that in the distance?

Dots on the hill?

Harvesting potatoes!!!!

Look who could not hold out any longer!

Stay tuned for part 2 of the Farnsworth family excursion!