Photo of the Week

REELFOOT MORNING

Fog lingers across Reelfoot Lake and up to the cypress tree line in Tiptonville, TN on 2/1/20.  Reelfoot formed in a series of major earthquakes in 1811-1812 when many locals said the Mississippi River ran backwards for a time.  The 15,000-acre lake is known for some of the finest crappie fishing in the world and was the filming site for the movie US Marshals.

TOMORROW: The Top 10 Real Life People Who Shaped My Storytelling, and How.

 

Mid-South Food Truck Festival

Named 2016 Food Truck Festival Queen.

Named 2016 Food Truck Festival Queen.

So True.

So True.

Twisted Sandwich ... ummmmm...

Twisted Sandwich … ummmmm…

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Fish out of a food truck. Not really my thing.

Fish out of a food truck. Not really my thing, but I’m sure it’s Heavenly.

Grammar Nazis need not attend the Food Truck Festival.

Grammar Nazis need not attend the Food Truck Festival.

Food truck salad.

Food truck salad.

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Representing Little Rock.

Representing Little Rock.

Nice guy. I was going to take a photo out front, but he insisted I come back where the action was happening.

Nice guy. I was going to take a photo out front, but he insisted I come back where the action was happening.

These ladies from Joy Ride Latin eats serve up an award-winning Cubano. The cheese was perfectly melted.

These ladies from Joy Ride Latin Eats serve up an award-winning Cubano. The cheese was perfectly melted.

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I regret not trying the grilled mac and cheese sandwich. I really do.

I regret not trying the grilled mac and cheese sandwich. I really do.

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Also risky business.

Again – we’re talking risky business. Credit for not putting an apostrophe on necks.

One of the classiest of the bunch.

One of the classiest of the bunch. Bon appetit.

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Day Trip to Manta, Ecuador

life n puerto cayo ecuador

My friend, Maria Blount of Puerto Cayo began our day with a wonderful breakfast: eggs with tomatoes, fresh fish, sweet bananas and fresh-squeezed papaya juice.

Mom and Aunt Neala near the beach in Las Pinas.

Mom and Aunt Neala near the beach in Las Pinas.

Fishing boats just in from sea in Las Pinas, where we stopped and bought some of the fresh catch pictured below.

Fishing boats just in from sea in Las Pinas, where we stopped and bought some of the fresh catch pictured below.

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Crab legs for dinner, and cheap!

Crab legs for dinner, and cheap!

I understand life in Ecuador so much better because of this precious lady, Maria.

I understand life in Ecuador so much better because of this precious lady, Maria.

A papaya farm near our home in Puerto Cayo that I didn't know about until today. Bought two bushels for $5.

A papaya farm near our home in Puerto Cayo that I didn’t know about until today. Bought two bushels for $5.

This home was recently constructed on the beach in Puerto Cayo by our Ethiopian friend, Mesfin Haile. It's spectacular.

This home was recently constructed on the beach in Puerto Cayo by our Ethiopian friend, Mesfin Haile. It’s spectacular.

This is Mesfin's bodega, or storage building. Not too shabby!

This is Mesfin’s bodega, or storage building. Not too shabby!

Saturday in Jipijapa

rainy season in ecuador

"The more a man reads, the more he realizes how much he doesn't know."

“The more a man reads, the more he realizes how much he doesn’t know.”

Dana Watkins in Ecuador

A small roadside waterfall.

A small roadside waterfall.

As I was climbing to the top of a hill for a shot of the jungle, these guys gave me a shout-out.

As I was climbing to the top of a hill for a shot of the jungle, these guys gave me a shout-out.

The strawberries here are delicious.

The strawberries here are delicious.

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Juan xxxiii movement

When a gringo walks down the street with a Nikon around his neck, everybody wants their photo taken. I obliged this local banana and plantain entrepreneur.

When a gringo walks down the street with a Nikon around his neck, everybody wants their photo taken. I obliged this local banana and plantain entrepreneur.

Otavalo – South America’s Most Famous Market

A 30-minute flight from Manta to Quito, then a 90-minute drive north to Otavalo. Sounds easy enough. Not necessarily.

A 30-minute flight from Manta to Quito, then a 90-minute drive north to Otavalo. Sounds easy enough. Not necessarily.

Some of the world's finest artisans live in this remote town.

Some of the world’s finest artisans live in this remote town. Dana bought these two pieces.

Spices.

Spices.

We purchased the hand-woven rug on the right as a wall hanging in Casa Azul.

We purchased the hand-woven rug on the right as a wall hanging in Casa Azul.

Yarn.

Yarn.

From the market in town, we traveled to this spectacular property owned by a friend. It's the rim of a volcano- Mt. Imbabura where I set a new personal best for elevation above sea level at 15,190 feet. The water in the crater lake is so acidic that it will not sustain life.

From the market in town, we traveled to this spectacular property owned by a friend. It’s the rim of a volcano- Mt. Imbabura where I set a new personal best for elevation above sea level at 15,190 feet. The water in the crater lake is so acidic that it will not sustain life.

Otavalo Market

Two old friends stop for conversation.

Two old friends stop for conversation.

The bold colors of Latin America are among my favorite things.

The bold colors of Latin America are among my favorite things.

Many of the indigenous people carry coin cups and will ask you for change on the street. It's hard not to give them money.

Many of the indigenous people carry coin cups and will ask you for change on the street. It’s hard not to give them money.

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The art of embroidery is at its finest here.

The art of embroidery is at its finest here.

These coca "products" are  for sale everywhere, and are said to cure just about anything that ails ya. I'm sure that's true ,but I passed on the opportunity.

These coca “products” are for sale everywhere, and are said to cure just about anything that ails ya. I’m sure that’s true ,but I passed on the opportunity.

Catching up on her reading.

Catching up on her reading.

Otavalo Market

Otavalo Market

Mud Baths at Agua Blanca

Agua Blanca in Ecuador

Today, we visited Agua Blanca, a spring in the Machalilla National Park near Puerto Lopez.

Agua Blanca is a beautiful forest, wild animals everywhere and a type of sulfuric spring where people go to bath and cover themselves in mud that is believed to have some kind of anti-aging quality.

I already feel 25 again!

Agua Blanca in Ecuador

It's about a three kilometer hike through the forest to the spring ... and it's been very rainy this week and we have lots of mud.

It’s about a three-kilometer hike through the forest to the spring … and it’s been very rainy this week and we have lots of mud.

Everybody loves the mud.

Everybody loves the mud.

Especially the kiddos.

Especially the kiddos.

The swimming spring at Agua Blanca. It's sulfuric qualities are said to reinvigorate a youthful feel.

The swimming spring at Agua Blanca. It’s sulfuric qualities are said to reinvigorate a youthful feel.

Agua Blanca in Ecuador

Agua Blanca in Ecuador

Miss Ecuador 2013. Not really, but we played it up!

Miss Ecuador 2013. Not really, but we played it up!

Mother-in-law's tongue. It's everywhere.

Mother-in-law’s tongue. It’s everywhere.

Termite nest near the spring.

Termite nest near the spring.

View from the park's highest elevation on a misty day.

View from the park’s highest elevation on a misty day.

My New Hair Fashionista: Antonio Delgado

The finished product. Hombre es muy guapo!!!

The finished product. Hombre es muy guapo!!!

It’s been 45 days since my last haircut in the U.S. For me, that’s a long time.

Today, 6,000 miles from home, I found a new hair cut guy. He works from a bamboo shack, and his name is Antonio Delgado from Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.

All that style for only $5!

And I must say now, I’m too sexy for my hair!