Imagine you have friends of all ages (and you do, don't you?). One friend in particular — who happens to be 70 years old — is thinking about moving to Ecuador when he retires. He wants to explore the country, and he invited you to travel with him.
You’ve always wanted to explore the world. Ecuador seems like a fine place to start, so you accept his invitation. As your departure date approaches, you decide to learn everything you can about this exotic country.
What kind of people live here?
What do they like to eat?
What do they do for fun?
What is it like to live in the jungle?
Perhaps you’ll learn how to use a blow gun … or wade into the piranha-infested river for a little spear fishing.
You’re incredibly excited — and perhaps just the slightest bit nervous. You’ve never been away from home for more than a few days, and on this trip you’ll be gone for seven weeks! Wow! That will be quite a change.
As you grab your backpack, you wonder whether you’ll be a different person in some ways by the time you return. Hmm... I guess it’s time to pack!
Meet Russell Winter
The scenario you just imagined really happened to homeschool graduate Russell Winter. The invitation to travel came from his 70-year-old friend, Gary Moon.
Russell and his family met Gary when they served together at the Creation Museum. Retirement was fast approaching for Gary, and he was seriously considering moving to Ecuador. Thinking he might explore the country a bit beforehand, he invited Russell to travel with him.
In the following clip, Russell tells us what happened next....
The blog posts in this series are companion pieces to Walking with the Waodani.
In Part 2, we'll learn about Russell's experience spear-fishing in the piranha-infested waters of the Amazon River!