“A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn't play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.” Pablo Neruda
We rented a car this week for the first time in our travels. We haven’t had our own wheels since Denver and it felt so freeing to jump onto the highway and speed out of town. Danny was happy to be driving manual again (memories of the old turquoise Honda) and our only hitch was it took a day to figure out how to put the car into reverse! (Danny was very creative at finding ways to pull around in a circle if we made a wrong turn.)
|Walking through the palm forest|
|Palm trees and cacti!|
We spent three days in a sleepy town on the coast of Chile called Maitencillo. It was a wonderful getaway from Santiago and Danny and I definitely noticed how happy our kids were to be out of the city. We rented a cabana on the beach with a kitchen and pretty much stayed put building sandcastles, running our feet through the chilly water and watching the huge waves crash at the shore. The water was cold but clear and the surf was enormous. Although the beach was practically empty, the lifeguards kept a close watch on us- not even letting our kids fill up their buckets at the shore without Danny or myself there to guard against the undertow. It was much different beach time than in Ecuador, where the water was so refreshing and warm, but we loved it all the same.
|I think that is a cherry in Harper's mouth|
|Playing on the beach with our little cabana in the background|
On the other side of the path were maybe the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen up close- not the monstrosities you see along California’s southern ocean side, but conservative mansions built in classic styles of natural materials etched into the cliffs with winding gardens and rocky paths wrapped around them. I could have stayed all afternoon peering into these places and checking out their decor!
|If I had to pick one...|
|The best oceanside public walking trail ever!|
|Penguin and pelican spotting|
|I scream, you scream, CAL SCREAMS for ice cream!|