Ziplining in Mindo, Ecuador

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uh, is he?….

yep. He is. Most definitely. There is no doubt about the fact that Tom is rushing toward me as I wait on the zipline landing platform, going about 2,000 miles an hour, upside down and splayed out like a starfish, his face red from all the blood rushing to it, and his crotch inches from the face of the zipline worker who is strapped in behind him, in a move appropriately nicknamed “la Mariposa”.

“That looked pretty funny” I told him as he was unclipped from the cable.

“Not as funny as your two-person superman.”


Ziplining in Mindo is pretty fun once you get over the whole “I could very easily die while strapped inappropriately to a stranger” thing.

This was Tom’s first time ziplining, and my first time ziplining for real. I had done something called ziplining in Australia, but it was nothing like what we experienced today. There was no hurtling a couple of thousand feet at breakneck speeds with cloudforest (and the hard, hard ground!) rushing by a couple hundred feet below us. I don’t think there was anyway I could have died that time. Maybe broken a bone, but that’s about it. That said, today was very nice. I mostly enjoyed the wind which cooled off the sweat from my brow, and the fact that I managed not to pee myself on any of the 13 lines, even “la Bestia”.

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We are in Mindo, Ecuador, 2.5 hours away from Quito and known for bird watching and a lovely cloudforest. It is amazingly beautiful and green here, and the weather is perfect.

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We are staying in a for realz tree house next to a brook that is full-on babbling. There is a little store (like imagine a corner market) that somehow makes incredible pizza, and we just had the moistest, most chocolatey, all-around best, brownie I have ever had in my life (and I don’t say that lightly) from El Quetzal-Mindo’s own chocolate makers.

No complaints here.

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I think of California as officially "home" but can usually be found a lot closer to the equatorial belt. After finishing a Masters program in 2011 I found myself trying to decide between a couple of different high-powered career options. I decided I wasn't quite ready to "grow up" and went with an entirely different plan which involved selling off everything I owned with my partner Tom and buying a one-way ticket to Colombia. Our plan was to travel "Till The Money Ran Out" and then go home to start our grown-up lives. Instead, we started our own app development company on the road and have been criss-crossing the globe, traveling, working, eating spicy food and refusing to "grow up" ever since. You can find me on Twitter, , Facebook or send me a message using our About Us page.

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2 Responses

  1. Roger says:

    TOM!!! Glad to see you’re living the good life. Love the pics. The scenes are amazing, and it looks like a lot of fun. Stay retired if you can. 🙂 You’re a lucky man, getting to do all that at such a young age. Eventually, I would love to get away and travel. Maybe one day I’ll run into you on a random tropical island. Take care!

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