Okay, we're back in Quito for the night, let's try this blog post again.
On Thursday morning we met up with Guillermo Valencia a local driver/guide recommended by our hotel. He did a great job of narrating the landscape of Quito - physical, political and otherwise - as he took us out toward Mindo. We stopped along the way to stand on the equator (Chris tried to balance an egg on a nail and failed, Kelly successfully verified that water swirls in different directions on different sides of the line, etc.), and to take in some stunning views of craters and volcanoes amid the lush jungles.