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Santiago and the Environs

Time with the Grandparents


For the last three weeks we have been busy exploring the areas around Santiago with relaxing days in the backyard inbetween. Grandpa (Tata Gil) and Grandma (Abuelita Annie) arrived two weeks ago and are headed back home today. This blog is full of pictures. Enjoy!

Before the Abuelitos arrived, Garrett, Delaney, and I took Amaya on her very first backpacking trip: A one day adventure up into the mountains east of Rancagua (just south of Santiago). Garrett and Pamela lived near them before and had explored this little river drainage before. Amaya did wonderfully and when it came time for us to go she wasn´t ready to leave. The highlights were fishing for real fish (caught some tiny ones) and algae fish (Amaya was excited she could catch one every time), sleeping in tents, roasting marshmellows and making smores (Amaya liked eating all the pieces separately!), and watching Amaya be perfectly entertained in the outdoors. It was a fun adventure.

Funny faces

Algae fish!

more fishing and chillin on the rocks

The next fun day was our Easter egg hunt. Of course Amaya was ecstatic for every egg she found. And even more excited to find the chocolate bunny hiding in her swing.

Then the grandparents arrived! For the first few days while they were here we hung out around Santiago. Here are some pictures of us around the house. Playing with the kids. Lots of singing songs, bouncing the baby, and playing with ¨bady bugs¨ (potato bugs) in the backyard.

Jennie with the two baby cousins: Maite and Emilia.

Maite in her beautiful hand made hat from Jan in Hood River.

Grandpa and Grandma with the baby

Out to lunch at a German restaurant...beer and pisco sours. Pisco sours are the national drink of Chile (although I think Peru claims it as well). Ingredients: Pisco (alcohol made from grapes), fresh squeezed lemon juice, powdered sugar, and if you are feeling fancy, egg whites. Delicious!

The first weekend we went up to the mountains south of Rancagua to a place called Siete Tazas (Seven Cups). The name refers to a beautiful natural formation in the river made up of waterfalls, and pools. Due to the late season, and perhaps water diverted underground during the big earthquake a few years ago, the waterfalls weren´t falling and some of the pools were empty. However, it was still a beautiful area to explore.

Plus, our cabaña was on a beautiful pasture with an amazing view out to the peaks in the distance. We enjoyed watching flocks of Chilean Parrots, the alpin-glo on the peaks, Amaya follow around the horses and cows, campfires and asados, and the fresh mountain air.

The cabaña


Grandpa and Amaya

Amaya and the white horse she finally was able to pet

Hangin out

The marshmellow

The 1000 year old Coigue tree that was near the cabaña

Chilean Parrots

The next weekend we all headed out to Cahuil, the beach town near Pichilemu we went to in January. We stayed in the same cabaña right near the beach, went back to the salt estuary, and enjoyed the beach. Nona (Maria, Pamela´s mother) also came along with us.

Hanging out around the Cabaña.

The ultimate competition: Amaya v. Delaney...¿Quien puede ver la mas fuerte? (who can see the strongest)

Who can hear the strongest?

Who can read the fastest?

And my favorite, who can be quite the longest...Amaya lost that one by saying ¨silencio¨ haha.

The sunset over the ocean

Two days before we left there was another large earthquake in the middle of the night (6.7) that woke us up. So far Delaney and I have felt three big earthquakes since we´ve been here-all stronger than any I´ve felt in California. Of course we talked about tsunamis and our preparedness plan for when we got to the beach. We were glad to see that the town had indicated the evacuation routes up into the hills.

Playing on the beach

Back in the salt estuary

Delaney and I were able to sneak away for a day to take a long walk along the sand while the rest of the family went to another town, Buculemu to the south. In Buculemu, the family watched the fishermen unloading the delicious fish from their boats. Amaya decided that she wanted to be one of the tractor drivers who unloaded the fish when she grows up...sounds fun!

Nature photos from our beach walk. Delaney was excited to see the sunflower sea stars that are rare to see in North America. Very cool. We also saw some of the ¨seaweed¨shacks, where people come to harvest seaweed from the ocean. They pull it up from the shore to dry before hauling it away in their trucks.

Overall these last three weeks have been full of fun. The next two weeks Delaney and I are leaving Santiago and heading over to Argentina to visit two of our friends from Yosemite, Tamara and Dan, in Mendoza. Then we are heading north to La Serena and the area around Norte Chico and hopefully we´ll see penguins!

Posted by Delaney..Jennie 08:12 Archived in Chile

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Holy cow. What amazing pictures. Looked like it was an amazing trip. I can't believe how gorgeous some of these pictures are...

by primo Dan

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