Day 22: Hacienda Vira Vira
|The star of the morning show|
Weather: Cold at 8am, high 40s, increasing throughout the day to the mid-70s; clear
Quotes of the Day: Do helicopter pilots really wear their jump suits to breakfast?
Department of alt-answers to the Pictorial Pop Quiz: for those of you that answered "compass" give yourself 1.5 times (or is it 2.5 times?) DJT credits:
|Angie hasn't had much luck getting this device to work (and she thinks only Macarena among the guides has the magic touch)|
|THB got his compass/binocs/magnifying glass/telescope for $7 at REI...and it does way more than this cafe' device|
|THB got this shot in the early evening|
Our guide for today, Angie, is right on time at 9:15 and the kayaks are loaded in the truck. Off we go for a big doubleheader: kayak across a lake, take a hike to two different waterfalls and back to the lake, kayak back to the truck, a picnic lunch, and back to the Hacienda. Wait, maybe this is a triple-double!
|There was a mist burning off just before we set off, it was good to get an early start|
|How clear is the water? this barrel is 3 or 4 feet below the surface|
|The lower cascades; just after leaving this spot, THB thought maybe his thighs were too weak, stopped several times to "catch his breath"|
|No stamps!!!! Oh well, they craze hasn't caught on here|
|For those of you who can't read en Espanol, the map says: Ustedes esta aqui...you are here|
|We don't got no stinkin' weak thighs! Taken at the second waterfalls, just moments before we hike back up and out 400 meters, a breeze for THB (who knows why?)|
Amazingly, THB keeps up! So, maybe that necrotizing myositis is now in the rear view mirror. There was one uphill on the hike that seemed very challenging, otherwise it was pretty much business as usual. The kayak in the morning on a crystal clear, smooth lake was very easy. The kayak back around 2pm was into a gentle breeze (the wind was only on the lake, the trees around the lake weren’t moving) and we conquered that.
|As always, the picnic tastes a lot better after the hike|
|The guy next to us? He's having porridge...|
A quick dip in the cold lake water, then Angie has set out a very nice (and way too much food) picnic from the Hacienda and we proceeded to chat away about her life, life in Chile, life in America, etc. She lived in Canada for a year and a half, and is committed to turismo, as her partner; they have been together for 6 years, he leads mountain trips.
Back at a bit after 5pm, feeling the sun and the exercise. THB has a local brewski and some pistachios. A rest up, and off to pre-dinner drinks.
G&T for THB, pisco sour done the traditional way for DB, olives, cashews and cheese to accompany us on the outside deck: lovely!
Dinner same-same but different: DB subs out the main course of beef done confit style with small ravioli served in a rich parmesan sauce; good move on her part, the beef is even richer than the ravioli and THB only eats half the beef.
More pics (or maybe just repeats of above) from the day's excursion:
|A sub from off the menu: chocolate!|
|Similar to Japan: take a pole at beginning, return at the end|
|the falls are full because of all the recent rain and snow, another side benefit of THB's weak thighs was pushing us into better weather and scenery for today's outing|
|The infant version|
|THB thinks this tree is not red, the marker sign is covered in moss|
|This is how THB knows it is 1/4 mile down to the Cascada and at least twice that to get back to this sign|