Before we left, I told the kids that when we returned they would literally want to kiss the ground in the wonderful USA. They were skeptical then — but not any more. We are back in the land of drinkable water, clean streets, traffic laws, and unending almost unimaginable choices – so many kinds of potato chips, soda, salad dressing, laundry detergent, shampoo (more than just 11 kinds of Head & Shoulders) and frozen food (which does not exist anywhere in South America). The van got a few factory issued parts it was sorely missing, no matter how great the ingenuity and ability to create parts was in Ecuador and Peru.
Nowhere screams USA more than Las Vegas and a Rodeo. So naturally that is where we went first.