July 21 – One of the teachers from the kids’ camp,Veronica, invited us to their family’s second home in Tarqui, about 20 minutes outside of Cuenca. What a lovely family! They have five children and we met their parents and one of the siblings too. We had lunch and then hiked up a little mountain the French had surveyed. It offered a beautiful 360 degree view of the valley. We walked along the ridge top to another church. Veronica’s dad was truly inspirational – in his late seventies, climbing faster than anyone else and carrying one of the grandkids to boot. His secret – he wakes up at 4:30 am and meditates, does yoga, is very active in his community, is a life long learner and has a great attitude.