Day 1: Traveling with a fearless leader…

It’s here! It’s the day that we leave. But six o’clock comes pretty early! For benefit of the reader, I wanted to let you know that I will combine day 1 and day 2 because day one was just merely traveling to our destination.

Our fearless leader, Mark Kimball, requested that we meet at church by 6:00 so that we could be on our way to the airport by 6:30. 12 of us met and packed the church van and Dan and Terri Pearson’s van (thanks, Dan and Terri, for bringing us to the airport!) with our luggage and started our first trek. Having experienced no complications, we arrived at the airport right when Mark wanted us to--7:30. Leah met us at the airport at around 8:00, and we were to meet up with Spencer and Amy in Quito. After we checked in, we got Sue on her way with a wheelchair and a golf cart. Then we headed toward the gate. (pic)

After some airport food (breakfast), we boarded the plane. We reached Atlanta with no complications. We had a two-hour layover, which was spent talking and eating more airport food. We then boarded the plane for Quito. About one and one-half hours into the flight, we needed to make a medical emergency landing for a passenger. So we spent about one and one-half hours on the ground at the Tampa Bay, Florida, which delayed our arrival time in Quito about two hours late. (The passenger is okay, and she was left in Tampa Bay for observation.)

We finally touched down into Quito around 12:15. After going through immigration, picking up our luggage and going through customs, we met up with our hosts, Paul and Joan Spjut, and with Spencer and Amy. We packed up the bus and headed to our evening lodgings. We were lucky. We spent the night in Quito at a dormitory for missionaries. We all were in our rooms by 1:00 a.m. It was a long day.

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