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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- 10.10.21 : The waterfalls of Hocking Hills State Park. Pics 1 and 2: Upper and Lower Falls along the Grandma Gatewood Trail near Old Man’s Cave. Pic 3: Cedar Falls.10.10.21 : The rhythm of the campsite… night, sunrise and afternoon from our wooded oasis at Stacked Stones Retreat in the Hocking Hills.10.09.21 : Had an awesome private evening ride with Becky at Blue Moon Acres Stables in the Hocking Hills. We rode the father/daughter team of Stroker (Nick) and Mystique (Neil).10.09.21 : Took a walk around the earthworks at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park on the way to our camping weekend in Ohio’s Hocking Hills. These geometric ceremonial mounds were built by native cultures that lived in the area from about 200 BCE through 500 CE. The park is made up of six separate sites located around Chillicothe, Ohio.07.29.21 : The final big hike of our summer trip was Pennsylvania Mountain near Fairplay, Colorado. It’s not a well-known peak, but it’s a 13er and provides great views of the continental divide and surrounding mountain ranges in a quick (but steep) 5 mile round trip.07.21.21 : At 9 miles, our hike down the Grand Canyon’s North Kaibab Trail was our longest and by far the most strenuous hike of the summer. We went as far as Roaring Springs, 4.5 miles and 3,200 feet below the rim.