A Short Tale With the Possiblity of Unlimited Treks

FeaturedA Short Tale With the Possiblity of Unlimited Treks

What kind of life can you have in a house without books? Sherman Alexie

A house without books is certainly not one I would want and parents and grandparents who do not read to their children are not people I understand.

 

Digging the hole for the post.

Little Free Libraries are found all over the world and having seen them in various locations in our province, I wanted one. Seeing  and reading about the one in Green’s Harbour, Trinty Bay closed the deal for me. Thankfully my husband agree to make me one and because the ground was frozen, it had to wait until this week to be erected.

 

This is now extra special because two of our grandchildren are here and helped us with the set up.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.  Emilie Buchwald

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Preparing to cut the ribbon.

 

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.   Anne Herbert

I am blessed in that even though my grandchildren love their devices, they are avid readers.

 

Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 

I am thrilled that two people have already stopped by to get  books and another left some books.

Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.  Dr. Seuss

 

The sign reads “Take a book, leave a book”, but if you don’t have one to leave, please feel free to take one and….. spread the word.

Corner of Elderberry Lane and Poplar Road, Comfort Cove.

I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die.  Patrick Rothfuss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chile…….a culinary tale.

FeaturedChile…….a culinary tale.

When we weren’t hiking the trails, mountains and in the villages with Foothills Hiking Chile, we were walking in San Fernando, in Santa Cruz, in Chimbarongo and in Santiago.  In San Fernando, we happened upon a lovely restaurant and had dinner there.  Most of the restaurants around our hotel in San Fernando were of the  fast food variety, so we were ready for a nice dinner  and my husband, somehow learning from the waiter that this dish contained meat, promptly ordered it.

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Chorrillana

Chorrillana is a Chilean dish that is made with french fries topped with different kinds of meat, sausages, caramelized onions and right at the top…..two fried or scrambled eggs.

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A lovely salad.

 

Pepino Dulce

We purchased this at the  supermercado (supermarket) across from Hotel Espanol.  It is a fruit that tastes like a cucumber.

 

San Fernando

Begging  for this cup at the cafe that we visited did not sway the server….. “No, no, no, I cannot sell it.”

Happy Hour at Hotel Espanol
Happy Hour at Hotel Espanol

This was our own delicious feast that we bought at the market……it went over very well for our Happy Hour.

Milk and tea
Milk and tea…..a great way to learn Spanish.

 

San Fernando Market

 

I bought these at the market and was told to boil them for an hour and sprinkle with cinnamon…. I believe they were some variety of apricot.

 

Market San Fernando
At the market.

I love this picture. I asked if I could take her picture and she was so pleased.

 

 

The ‘mason jar’ bag ( a gift from my daughter) came in handy when I bought olives at the market.

 

Wine Festival in Santa Cruz

 

Using a hairdryer to rekindle the barbecue coals.

 

Cooking Class….Cazuela de Ave

Cazuela de Ave is the national dish of Chile.  Chicken, vegetables, salt and pepper, cloves, coriander, paprika is used in this recipe, where we would probably use turnip, butternut squash or pumpkin is used. I don’t know if turnip is grown in Chile, but there was none to be found in the supermarkets or local market.

 

……a new drink.

In the little mountain village of Termas del Falco, the electricity is only on between 8 pm and midnight. This little bar had a interesting refreshment…a stout beer mixed with a can of condensed milk. Ordinarily a blender would be used, but because there was no power at this time of day, it was simply whisked with a fork.

 

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Mote Con Huesillo

While we were seeing the historic San Cristobal Hill in Santiago, we saw people drinking this interesting concoction …roughly translated it is peaches with wheat.  The ingredients are dried peach halves, sugar, cinnamon stick, lemon or orange peel, water and one cup cooked pearl barley or wheat berries.  It is very, very popular in Chile and while I enjoyed it, I don’t think it would be a favourite of mine.

 

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.

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Chile you were an amazing experience.

 

 

 

Cull’s Point Lookout Trail

FeaturedCull’s Point Lookout Trail

….gets some clearing and some new signs.

 

 

The trail from the sign in to the actual lookout is approximately 1/2 km and today is still snow covered in places.

We are very fortunate here in the Cove that in 1977, Kevin Head and 15 others developed this trail as a part of a summer works program.  Later Gordon White,  Keith Copper and others involved with the town council at the time (still gathering information on this)  made the trail longer and  it now goes around the headlands and coves, ending near the Wild Bight Road. This is not a long trail, ( approximately 3 km return) but I find it quite relaxing and peaceful.

 

 

Tenacity

 

 

 

New signs

 

 

This first lookout along the trail is perhaps my favourite. It is a great place to stop and maybe have a cup of tea, being careful not to go too close to the edge of the cliff. Later there will probably be an Osprey’s nest on the top of the sea stack. We have stopped to watch the birds guard the nest when out in our boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely love this lichen on the white spruce and want to decorate  them with red berries. 🙂

 

 

 

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These windfalls and others have now been cleared.

 

 

A beautiful day, sunny and warm on March 31!

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The trail as of today is quite slippery in places. Hiking stick(s) and cleats are recommended.

 

 

 

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Doctor’s Hill

In the background you can see Doctor’s Hill

Is there anything that is better than to be out walking in the clear air?  In Praise of Walking by Thomas A. Clark

 

Finding Dinosaur Tracks in the Andes…

FeaturedFinding Dinosaur Tracks in the Andes…

..from Newfoundland to Chile Part IV.

 

 

 

The hike in Termas del Flaco , described below, was indeed an adventure and in some ways surreal. Seeing dinosaur tracks in the longest  mountain chain in the world, left behind by creatures that walked the earth when South America and Africa formed one tectonic plate, was pretty spectacular!   Chile

…….this is an endeavour for the obsessed or the adventurous but no matter who you are, you will be left amazed by the visible footprints left by dinosaurs some 150 million years ago.   All you’ve ever wanted to Know about Dinosaurs in Chile  HelenLCordery

But before we could start our hike we had to travel to Termas del Flaco. This in itself is somewhat of an adventure. The  dirt road is approximately 77 km, narrow and winding …looking down is sometimes not advisable. It allows only one way traffic. If you are up at Termas del Flaco, you must leave to come down by 2’clock so those below can start the journey up the mountain by 4 pm. Both ends are monitored by police.     Termas del Flaco – dangerous roads Chile   Truthfully it wasn’t that bad and we had the utmost confidence in our driver, Jose from Foothills Hiking.

The road up to the village is only open from December to April and during the winter (May to November), the people all move down to San Fernando/Puente Negro and the surrounding area.

 

 

 

First we had to wait until the traffic jam dispersed.:)

 

 

Waiting our turn to take the road up to Termas del Flaco

 

 

 

 

 I found the mixture of brilliant sun and then shade from the mountain peaks fascinating.

 

 

“Awesome is Everywhere”

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Far below in the village of Termas del Flaco is a sanatorium that was built in the 1930s.  It was never opened and never used.

 

 

Andes

 

 

We made it!

 

 

Foothills Hiking Chile

 

 

I really don’t know how Johanna will celebrate her next birthday!

 

 

This world is an offering to you.

 

El Milagro de los Andes……from Newfoundland to Chile Part III

FeaturedEl Milagro de los Andes……from Newfoundland to Chile Part III

 

Mosaic depicting Uruguay Plane Crash
Visiting the mural

Day four with  Foothills Hiking Chile  involved a  3 1/2 hour hike around Puente Negro itself; and while there were so many interesting things covered on this trek, the most haunting and memorable experience was entering the Plaza del Arriero and finding the
mural depicting the 1972 Uruguay Air crash.

I had heard of this horrific, yet beautiful and amazing story before but never, never did I ever think I would be this close to where it actually happened.

 

Mosaic depicting Uruguay Plane Crash
Mosaic depicting Uruguay Plane Crash

Elizabeth telling us the details of the crash and the history behind this  beautiful mural.

 

 

 

The mosaic begins with the Uruguayan flag and ends with the Chilean flag and is 48 meters long. It depicts the crash site, the walk out and the rescue, as well as, the rugged mountain ranges of the Andes and the birds, flora and fauna.  Pedro Marchant is the designer of the mosaic but  other artists worked on it. We were so awe struck and interested in this aspect of our hike that unfortunately we did not get great pictures!

The activity of the Puente Negro community was actively participated, an opportunity in which the mural designed by Professor Pedro Marchant was inaugurated and executed by the Fabiola Diaz graduate in arts.

For his part, Professor Pedro Marchant, said the mosaic begins with the Uruguayan flag and ends with the Chilean flag,…………………The teacher of the Lyceum Neandro Schilling explained that when designing the mural he wanted to incorporate a series of episodes that marked the accident and subsequent rescue, not leaving aside our flora and fauna.  “in the work could not be absent the rugged mountain ranges, the condor, the guanaco and the puma,” Merchant said.

Meanwhile, the artist Fabiola Diaz, said that “we have been working for some time on the patrimonial rescue and this work is added to the sculpture in tribute to the muleteers that exists in this square.”

Diaz explained  that “as a part of the rescue of the historical heritage of this event that impacted the world, it was decided to make this mosaic to create a new tourist attraction, along with being able to share this beautiful technique with the inhabitants of Puente Negro.”

The mural was financed by Tinguiririca Energia and the Villas Cordilleras Commiittee, with the support of the Pro sewage Committee and the Municipality of San Fernando.

 

The information above was taken from this site  https://cronicanoticiosa.com/  which reported from Chile on the murals. I used Google translator to translate from Spanish to English. It gives some very important information on the creation of the mural.

Muleteers sculptors in the park.  Elizabeth  told us they were all made from scrap metal…just beautiful.

 

Mosaic depicting Uruguay Plane Crash
Flag of Chile at the end.

In October of 1972 the Old Christians Rugby team from Uruguay chartered a Uruguayan Air Force plane to fly them to Santiago, Chile for a rugby match………they never made it. The plane crashed in the Andes due to weather and pilot error.  Sixteen out of the forty-five survived and stayed alive for over two months  in the most brutal conditions!

The details and story of this horrific crash have been documented many times….in newspaper articles, books and movies.

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These books may be at your local library. I know they can be ordered through Amazon.

I highly recommend watching the movie Alive which can be purchased through  Amazon  and also can be  found on Apple TV to rent or buy.  There are also many news articles and interviews  about/with some of the survivors, especially Dr. Roberto Canessa and Nando Parrado.

Mosaic depicting Uruguay Plane Crash
Mosaic depicting Uruguay Plane Crash

 

Every day when I look at myself in the mirror, I thank God the same old jerk is still staring back at me.   Dr. Roberto Canessa

“As we used to say in the mountains,  “Breathe. Breathe again. With every breath, you are alive.” After all these years, this is still the best advice I can give you: Savor your existence. Live every moment. Do not waste a breath.”       Nando Parrado

 

El Milagro de los Andes————Miracle of the Andes.