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1: For school vacation we, along with Aunt Sharon, went to discover Chile. Aunt Connie and Uncle Les were there for six months and they were kind enough to take care of us for a few days as we began our vacation. Les's sister Ava was also visiting so we got to play with her for a couple days. We relaxed at the pool and gym before striking off on adventure!

3: de instruccion | Maggie en el marcado. | Regalos de Uncle Les! Gracais! | Uncle Les le gusta el nuevo juguete!

4: mas enstruccion, mas practica | y el rendimiento!

5: Not bad for a five year old! | Water Snapping | Maggie teaches Cameron how to snap his fingers - and he gets it in this moment!

6: Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He won the Nobel Prize in literature. This is his home.

7: We rode a venicular up a moutain and enjoyed looking over Santiago and tasting the local drink.

8: Miedo Spider Man | Lovin Spider Man | We met Spider Man on the way up and played in a park on the way down before having a tremendous meal at a restaurant at the base of the hill. | Church at the top

9: We climbed these large wooden structures. Even mom climbed!

10: We took a hike along the Pacific ocean in Valparaiso, northwest of Santiago. We saw pingüinos there! | Cam the comorant | local plants with which mom made you pose! | Surf Club

11: nice wig local fishermen | Maggie and Uncle Les

12: I took a lot of picutres in Valaparaiso! | <- Connie and Les - otherwise know as GoGo and Nuppie

13: Looking for penguinos!

15: Penguins in Chile! | I met a girl from Valaparaiso on the plane and she didn't believe there were penguins. I had to show her the pictures.

16: In downtown Valaparasio the houses were built right into the side of the hill. Many were made from old railroad cars. They were beautiful in an odd way.

17: <- Con, Les, Ava, Sharon and a very excited Maggie. | We went to a professional soccer game in Santiago. It was something that most of us would not have thought of doing but because Cameron and Dad loved soccer so much we put it on the agenda and everyone else was excited to go. IT WAS MADNESS! The fans were packed going into the stadium - we thought we had assigned seats but they told us good luck getting them. So Dad and Cam stood at top of the stands and the rest of us found some seats. There were fans climbing over the fence and there was constant chanting of the Cruzados fight songs. The trip back home was equally as crazy. Buses were packed. Cars were at a stand still so there was no use getting a taxi. So we took the bus - the chanting continued the entire way home. The event still brings a smile to my face. Thanks Cam and Daddy. | Cam watches intently -> | CATOLICA VERSUS ESPANOLA | <- FINAL SCORE

18: NEXT STOP: A WINERY After leaving Santiago we stopped in the Santa Cruz area, Before settling there, we went to a winery. The kids claimed to have no fun.... | In the Santa Cruz area of Colchagua Valley, this vineyard is one of the oldest in Chile, established in the mid 19th century with pre-phylloxera stock brought from France.

19: In 1966 Miguel Viu Manent began making his own wines when he acquired the Hacienda San Carlos de Cunaco in Colchagua. | They had a secret grape in some of their wines- so the labled them Secreto

20: Clearly Cameron and Maggie are NOT having a good time! | Yep, no fun at all. | We rode in a horse drawn carriage through the vineyard. Cameron and Maggie got to sit up front with the driver. | It was a gorgeous vineyard. There was a lounging area complete with a cozy fireplace.

21: Stomping Grapes into Wine | Maggie poses with the owner of the hotel where we stayed at in Santa Cruz. Daddy shares translation books in order to communicate with our hosts.

22: Next stop Siete Tazas, well-known for the rock formations called tazas (or tea cups) carved by the Clarillo River. This is a stunning national park known for it's seven waterfalls that spill into one another. We stayed two nights in cabins. Dad thought Cam and Maggie would love the rustic accommodations. When we left and I said we were going to a hotel and the kids were psyched about going to luxury. You did love the bunkbeds. | The restaurant menu | SIETE TAZAS

23: Hundreds of green parrots flocked to the trees outside the cabin. | Relaxing on veranda and climbing a magnificent tree right by the cabin.

24: The vistas are right from outside our cabin. The sign is a trail map - not much help to those non Spanish speaking visitors -namely us. | Dirt is evidence of a good time!

25: Naturally we hiked to make sure we saw all the details. The sign says something about a trail and the entrance to the site. | WE DID IT!

26: One afternoon Dad and Sharon took a hike and we hung around the camp. You climbed on trees and tires. We played in this brook for awhile. The water was rather cold but that didn't stop you from getting wet!

27: No Fires No Loud Noises | The photos with shoes are from a hike we take the next day. You were both barefoot when we played in the brook. I can still hear you both laughing and making up stories as you conquered the brook.

28: We started at the top where there are warnings- peligro means danger...and we hiked all the way down to the waterfall basin, passing other falls along the way.

29: We watched him change colors as his body heated up in the sun! | Maggie stepped right over this fellow...yipes! | Local fisherman -->


32: Maggie loved horses and Chile is know for its rodeos We searched one out and stopped in Chilean on our way south. It was really entertaining to see how the South Americans host a rodeo. It was a very local rodeo and it was clear we were not local. At one point I saw someone taking pictures of us!

33: We arrive in Pucon! We will stay here for the last week of our vacation. Pucon sits in the lake district of Chile and is home to many volcanoes. This one, Villiarica, is active and if you look closely at the photos you can see a puff of smoke at the top. There were homeless dogs all over Chile. We befriended a couple in Pucon. One even learned to climb up the swingset for a treat.

34: Villarrica one of only five volcanoes worldwide known to have an active lava lake within its crater

35: We drove up as close as we could to Villarrica. Some people hike all the way to the top and look at the molten lava. | This is just behind our hotel. One of our local friends joined the photo.

36: At the hotel in Pucon Cameron and Daddy made friends with Johany (Jivan), a janitor and professional soccer player. He gave Cameron soccer lessons a few mornings in the gym. He didn't speak English and we did not speak Spanish but Cameron learned soccer moves and made a great friend. | Great look of determination! | Demonstration and hands on lesson

37: Continuous improvement!

38: We went on a horseback riding trip up over the hills and into the forest. Victor was our guide. He helped Cam out at first but eventually Cam rode on his own! | Sharon and Maggie rode together on this beautiful horse!

39: After a long ride, Victor asked us to get off the horses and tie them to trees. He guided us to a trail down a | seemed like a rain forest. At the base was a huge waterfall. Maggie and Cam discovered a few small caverns around the basin -an unanticipated delight! | ss | steep mountainside into what

40: The hike both ways was steep and pretty tricky. There were times we were we afraid of dropping over the edge! Victor knew when he had to help Maggie up the hill. We had hiked a long way the day before so our legs were a bit spent. But the trip down and back up this cavern was amazing. This was one of mom's favorite events on the vacation. | Cam's man cave

41: We took a long tour one day, Carlos was our guide. He showed us several scenic spots including this waterfall | Carlos flagged us down on the streets of Pucon the next day - he had chocolates for us!

42: We bought this poncho in a market in Pucon. The colors are so beautiful...really shows off Maggie's blue eyes! | Another look at Villarrica | This was taken on a guided tour just before we saw some tremendous waterfalls. | Test

43: I believe this is Lake Caburgua. We saw it from above on a hike we took.

44: Natural Hot Springs with a full moon - heaven! | We took a three hour hike up a mountain in the Huerquehue National Park to a gorgeous valley from where we could see six volcanoes- two of which are active. | It was a long hike for such young children but Cam ran the last part and Maggie was a trooper thanks to Sharon's bamboo games.

45: Maggie holds up tree

46: At the top of the mountain there was a large valley from which we could see six volcanoes - two active. Mom was so proud of both children for competing this hike. It was long and steep and you did it!

47: The view was worth the effort, don't you think? | Views of Lake Caburgua from above.

48: This is a milk delivery wagon that goes through Curarrahue village where the Mapuche Indians live | We went to a show at the hotel in Pucon. Here are the actors. They did fancy acrobatics and sometimes funny stunts.

49: SUNSET IN PUCON | Maggie says Goodbye to Pucon! | This was a vacation of a lifetime. We caught up with favorite family members in another part of the world. We met new friends, even though they didn't speak English and we didn't speak Spanish. We saw gorgeous parts of nature completely different than what we have at home. I do hope Maggie and Cameron were not too young to remember when they grow up.


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