Day 13: Maria Blount aka “la Chihuahua”

Note A Day

screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-11-42-14-am(Note: One of the great fortunes I’ve experienced in traveling is the tendency to develop “sister relationships” in different places. It’s probably the result of being an only child. Maria Blount was my first such “sister.” She’s another of those I’d put in the category of my “favorite people on the planet,” and spends most of her time tending a beautiful organic farm in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador.)

Dear Maria,

We would’ve never made it without you.

Five years ago when we latched on to the far-fetched notion of spending a few months each year in a far-away place, I suppose we imagined it as some romantic experience where tanned staff would bring umbrella drinks to tables with freshly appointed linens each evening around sunset. Pacific breezes would blow softly through our hair as we’d recount stories about dismal winter weather back home and we’d laugh as civilized people do watching…

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