What’s been nice about this trip is the waking up slow. We’ve slept in every day. Yet I still feel like we’ve managed to do something exceptional each day. It is awesome having daylight until 11pm, it allows for so many activities. It’s new for me to be this patient, I usually want to wake up in the morning and get up and go but travelling with two other people is forcing me to wake up, and wait, and it’s so peaceful. We will still get moving, we will still get to the places we want too. If we don’t make it, we miss out, but it’s not the end of the world, we can do something else, go somewhere else. It was hard to relinquish this control but I’m learning. I usually I like to travel alone but the joy of having companions on this trip is also enough to allow for this little sacrifice.
We headed into Futaleufu to see whether Wendy and Scott could get on a rafting trip- part of the reason why we had driven slightly off the Carretera. We hung around town for a few hours and eventually Wendy and Scott left for rafting and I took the car to hike Piedra Del Anguilla. The hike was a steady steep climb for 45 minutes which brought me into a farm where I thought I had lost the trail until a farmer appeared and spoke to me in Spanish telling me I needed to pay 1000CLP to continue. I hadn’t taken any money with me and he didn’t seem too bothered when I told him “no dinero, no pesos” he walked me over to the padlocked gate and let me through. The last 15 minutes was again almost straight up and then I was at the peak, which involved a little bouldering to get the best view. I felt on top of the world on every sense. It was good to have some time alone and enjoy the hike back down, running and pretending to be an aeroplane intermittently on the way!
The hike had taken me about half the time I expected so I decided to head to Laguna Espejo 10km out from the other side of town. I picked up a French hitch-hiker named Patrice and we chatted in English for a few km until I reached the turn off for the lake. We said goodbye and maybe we’d meet again since we will both be heading south the next few days! It was only later I realised he had left his food bag in the car
I met back up with Wendy and Scott and we ate dinner for 1000CLP in Futaleufú plaza- they had a cooking festival going on and a chef was there making a delicious rice, veggie and meat platter. We decided to skip out on paying for a campsite as the previous night had cost us 6000CLP each and that was double what we had been paying in the south, so we drove out by the river that leads to the lake I had visited earlier and we pitched our tents right by the water for the night. We built a campfire and tried our very best to get the one log going that had been left behind by someone previous. The log didn’t take, probably due to the rain the previous night but we did enjoy milk and cookies and a clear night, new moon, all the stars in the sky.
I think it was good for us all to take a break from one another today. Go and do our own things and remember why we are here on this trip together – just to have fun and “be” while we transition through this phase of life.
Two more days on La Carretera and then on to our next adventure!