11.29.2007

At the Middle of the World

I realized that I forgot to post pictures of our trip to the Equator. We went on Monday, Veteran's Day, so the crowds were small since it was a normal workday for the locals. This was Ronnie's second trip to the equator, here in Ecuador, and he's also been to the equator on the other side of the world, in Africa.
In Ecuador, there are two different attractions for the equator. The first is a large monument constructed between 1979 and 1982. It was constructed to mark the site where French researchers first located the equator. Well, back then, they didn't have the sophisticated GPS equipment used today so they were a bit off...by about 240 meters. The monument is still frequently visited (you may have see Al Roker broadcast from it a few weeks back on The Today Show) and is great for pictures:

This is the view from the top of the monument.

After we visited the first monument, we stopped for lunch. The food was great, but the view was better:

After lunch, we went to the second site...the REAL equator. Here, they let you perform experiments which are only possible ON the equator.

Ronnie brought his GPS from the office and it wasn't programmed correctly, so it still showed us being just a few feet off.

They say balancing an egg on the head of a nail is possible on the equator...it didn't work for me, but I'm blaming it on the wind! During Ronnie's first visit, he balanced the egg and even has a certificate to prove it.

2 comments:

Mom said...

Wow! Never thought I'd get to see pictures of the Equater. I hope to see it in person one day. Sounds like you are becoming quite the Historian. :-)

You and Ronnie are as cute as ever together. It looks and sounds like you are sharing a wonderful life.

Love and Miss you both! xoxoxoxo

Sof said...

I'm so happy that you are seeing & experiencing so many things. Looks like you guys are having a great time & every picture looks perfect. Love you both mucho! :o)

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