What's a Central Asian Village Dog?

Turns out, that's what Lucia is.  I sent in her DNA to a research company (Embark)  to see if she had any breeds that stand out.

The results confirmed what I assumed, but wasn't 100% sure about.  She was adopted as a puppy while I was in Vladivostok, so I knew her heritage would be mostly a mix of breeds.  But I guessed she had traits of German shepherd and some kind of terrier.  Embark's results verified what I was thinking.  You can see all their details here.

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Teleferico

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One of the best places to get a view of Quito's mountainous landscape is at the top of the Teleferico.  It's a sky tram up the side of Pinchincha.  The 2.5km ride takes 10 minutes before you arrive at the top of Cruz Loma.  The total height is 4100m, almost 13,500ft.  From the top you can hike to the summit of Rucu Pinchincha (4680m) which is a 4km (5hr) round trip.

Dad and I had a little lunch at one of the restaurants after walking around.  The morning we went it was little cloudy so you couldn't see all the mountain tops, but it was breathtaking nevertheless.

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Mindo, Ecuador

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Mindo is located about 80km from Quito, Ecuador.  It's well known for its flora and fauna. It is located in a valley in what is called the Mindo Nambillo Protected Forest , an ecosystem inhabited by some 500 varieties of birds and 90 species of butterflies.   

On the way there, Dad and I had to detour onto a mountain trail due to a mudslide that had closed down the highway.  After we arrived in Mindo, we learned from one of the touring companies what we could see nearby.  The first stop was a little residence that offered a private view of their backyard, which provided a sanctuary for hummingbirds.

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Further up into the mountain, we found a tram that took us across a valley and to the waterfalls.


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This trail took us down to Cascada Nambillo.

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Dad the Traveler!


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As you can see, the rain made the trek a little muddy.  While driving back home we discovered the landslide on the highway was still forcing cars to detour into the small mountain trail.  All the traffic throughout the day took a toll on the muddy trail, making it difficult for some front wheel drive vehicles to make it through.  After an hour wait on the highway, we eventually made it through the muddy detour with no problem and arrived back in Quito.

 


Mitad del Mundo

My Father visited for a couple weeks recently. Our first trip out of Quito was to Mitad del Mundo.

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Mitad del Mundo means "The Equator". Even though the equator runs through many cities around the world, Quito has become famous for it. Mitad de Mundo consists of one dominant monument, smaller monuments that lead up to it, a small village that has been constructed around the equator site.  There are several little museums and cafes as well.

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