Lava laced canyon walls
monkeys swinging through the trees
little ones gathering to watch you gear up
stunning jungle scenery
a week of awesome whitewater with good friends

All of the above are reasons a boater packs up their paddling gear and heads to winter paddling destinations like Costa Rica or Ecuador–Or both!  Such was the case this past week when a group of our merriest of pranksters broke rank from their annual Costa Rica trip to explore Ecuador with us.

Departing home before the January snowstorm of snowstorms hit, our crew took Ecuador by their own storm: enjoying everything from the rivers to the culture to the camaraderie that goes without saying on a paddling trip!

Old Friends and New: Joining up for Team Juicebox Ecuador 2011

Old Friends and New: Joining up for Team Juicebox Ecuador 2011

T2 showing the gang how to "warm up" in Ecuador

T2 showing the gang how to "warm up" in Ecuador

Tom enjoying a day of boating in Ecuador on the Cosanga--knowing it was the first of six awesome days!!

Tom enjoying a day of boating in Ecuador on the Cosanga--knowing it was the first of six awesome days!!

Enjoying some sunning and lunch on the Lower Quijos. Nice place to spend a Monday!

Enjoying some sunning and lunch on the Lower Quijos. Nice place to spend a Monday!

Big water is a great change of venue for southeastern boaters

Big water is a great change of venue for southeastern boaters

Checking out the local transportation on the Jatunyacu (which is quichua for big water)

Checking out the local transportation on the Jatunyacu (which is quichua for big water)

The scenery off river is as interesting as on the river! Especially when staying at the monkey lodge!!

The scenery off river is as interesting as on the river! Especially when staying at the monkey lodge!!

The Upper Mishaulli is the river that everyone wants in their backyard

The Upper Mishaulli is the river that everyone wants in their backyard

Having a geologist on the trip helped us appreciate the beauty of the Quijos that much more--when attention was not focused on the rapids.

Having a geologist on the trip helped us appreciate the beauty of the Quijos that much more--when attention was not focused on the rapids.

The continuous nature of the whitewater is a change for this group of boaters, who embraced it with gusto!

The continuous nature of the whitewater was a change for this group of boaters, who embraced it with gusto!

Chris playing engineer....or going native?

Chris playing engineer....or going native?

Every day was a celebration paddling the rivers of Ecuador for these guys

Every day was a celebration paddling the rivers of Ecuador for these guys

Our photos are almost as numerous as the stories from the week. Enjoy checking out all the photos from the Juicebox gang Ecuador trip….