Our next adventure will take us on a holiday visit to South America. We take off December 23rd for two weeks south of the Equator. We’ll spend Christmas with some of Nick’s family in Santiago and also explore the Colchagua Valley wine region and stay beachside at Punta de Lobos. Afterwards the two of us will head to San Pedro de Atacama for a few days touring the nature of the driest non-polar desert on Earth, before returning to Chicago. We’ll soon share stories and photos of us drinking Pisco Sours, climbing a volcano and riding horses in the desert (maybe not in that order), but in the meantime, here is a collection of fun facts I’ve learned while researching our destination:
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- 03.28.21 : Looking through the upper opening of Double O Arch in the Devil’s Garden section of Arches National Park. For scale, this opening is 71 feet wide by 45 feet high.03.27.21 : One of those magic moments happened at Corona Arch in Moab the other week. As we started back toward the car after sunset, we happened to turn around on just the right section of trail and at just the right moment to see the full moon coming up over the arch. Five minutes sooner or later and we would have missed it.03.31.21 : View from the Chesler Park Trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. From top to bottom: La Sal mountains, bluffs of the Colorado River gorge, the Needles.03.30.21 : Hiking through enormous and bizarre sandstone formations at Fisher Towers just northeast of Moab, Utah.03.29.21 : The view from the Lathrop Trail at Canyonlands National Park. This trail descends from the Island In The Sky down to the White Rim Road with amazing views of Airport Tower and jagged canyons leading to the Colorado River.03.28.21 : Looking through Tower Arch in the Klondike Bluffs section (the least visited area) of Arches National Park.