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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Koreshan State Historic Site

Aloha Everyone,

This morning we decided to get an early start and I was able to take a nice sunrise picture before leaving Lake Manatee State Park.

J.J. and I prepared a list of "things to do" which we would like to change to "Ta Da" as Wells Fargo Bank advertises. The first order of the day was to find a Wells Fargo branch to get some funds for our trip to Cuenca. While U.S. currency is used in Ecuador, guidebooks recommend that visitors should bring banknotes no larger than $20. Merchants don't want to make change for 50's and 100's.

Denise, the teller at Wells Fargo, brightened up when we mentioned about going to Ecuador. Denise is actually from Ecuador and she showed me some videos on her iPhone that she just received from her Mom. Charming, personable, and intelligent, Denise also quickly jotted down names of Ecuadorian dishes we must try. What a wonderful way to be introduced to a country where we will be staying for a month.  If you are reading this, "Muchas gracias Denise for your kindness."

We had a lunch at Carvers. The set up is similar to fast food except the quality and service is much better. Our two entrees, side salads, green beans, and a cup of cheesecake custard ice cream came out to out to $23.

Koreshan State Historic Site reminds us of Lake Manatee State Park in terms of foliage and even our assigned spot for Honu looked similar.

There are many shaded walking and bicycle paths

Colorful wildflower just outside of Honu

Aloha -- Cathi