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Recipe for Guacamole a la Ron


5 medium Avocados 

2 cloves of garlic 

1/2 medium size tomato

1/2 large cebolla 

1/2 ounce of cilantro 

 2 medium sized limes (juice) 

The finest fresh cracked pepper in the land. 

Enough hot peppers to notice the hot peppers

Residual sugar and mint flavor from the mojitos we were drinking. 

…. And about three seconds of rum. Just tilt and count. 



Put everything in a bowl. Sip a mojito. Enjoy. 


There and Back Again: A (Not So) Hobbit’s Tale

Oh man, let me first just say that two mornings ago, I was woken up by a rooster! What?! That actually happens. I thought that only happened in the movies! But for real, flippin’ Foghorn Leghorn woke me the heck up at first crack of sunlight the other night.

So you are probably wondering why I was hanging out with roosters! We were up at the farm filming the heck out of mountains, mountains and more mountains. We got all the mountain shots- we got dem pans, dem tilts and doze zooms! You need mountain shots, we got them!

But other than that the trip was a huge success. We ate like kings (minus all of the things kings eat!),  we hung out with some alpacas (creepiest little buggers at night) and we slept in the freezing cold (praise the alpaca blanket)!

But on a more serious note, the trip was amazing. What we saw and what we did were part of a larger experience, something I will remember for a long long time. There was a point when we were twenty minutes into a steep uphill mud hike that, when we finally were able to look out at the miles of hills and mountains that, even after a half hour of cursing the trip, I couldn’t help but think about how worth it everything is- how every step took me to a better and greater view.  And that made everything good!

Its amazing to compare that to life, how the things we think are rough and impossible lead us to something greater and more awesome. I can think of time, way back when, when I would curse the little things, but now I look back and every second I’ve hurt- every second I’ve cried or struggled- I couldn’t trade it for anything. I cherish those moments. And like the hike up that mountain, things are more beautiful now because of them.

….Oh man, woah, think I blacked out for a second. That got too serious! But yeah, this trip is cool, that trip was cool. Mountains are cool. I’m cool, you’re cool, life is cool. Cool shit.

-Zach M.

Half a Month and Half a Beard Later

Hola. ¿Como estás!?

Good. Now that the extent of my Spanish is out of the way, lets be real and stuff. Cuenca is pretty awesome. They have so many things… Like Karaoke! And Beer! That’s fun!

I’m learning ever so much here in the far away land of America. Like what do do with a tripod and a dead cat (technical terms, you probably wouldn’t understand).

So all of you avid readers of probably know a bit about whats going on, but imma fill you in:

Day 1: Flights be early, Copa be silly.

Day 2: Bus tours, like a baws

Day 3: Authentic Mexican food because we are in Ecuador

Day 4: I showered for the first time ever….

Day 5: Things happened

Day 6-7: More things happened

Day 8: I spad (spa as a verb in past tense) to a whole new level.

Day 9: Something about mountains

Day 10-13: More talking than I’ve done ever.

Day 14: I rode a flippin horse and made friends with a dog. This is my only friend….

Day 15: Silly Switzerland.

Day 16: Got our first interview down….now I am writing a blog post titled “Half a Month and Half a Beard Later.” It is about what I have done the past half of a month. I started out talking about how on the first day Copa was silly. Then I went through every other day to….never mind.

Hi! Hello. My name is Zach!

16 days so far of Cuenca Ecuador. 14 more to come! Party like a rock-star and shiz like that. Goodnight and stuff.