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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- 07.24.21 : Got to explore the recently-reopened Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ. It’s one of those sites that lives up to the hype. One benefit of Covid restrictions is that our tour group was only five people plus guide.07.24.21 : Checked out the overview of Horseshoe Bend the day after we kayaked around it on the water.07.23.21 : Kayaked down a gentle 10 miles of the Colorado River from Horseshoe Bend to Lee’s Ferry, AZ. We got back hauled up the river by @kayakthecolorado.07.22.21 : Explored a secret little permit-only area of Vermillion Cliffs National Monumenr. No, it’s not “The Wave” but it’s similar and we were the only people to be found for miles around, so it was even better.07.21.21 : Hiked 10 miles round trip down the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs. The 3,300 feet of elevation gain in the heat was tough, but it’s an incredible trail. This is the Redwall Bridge about 2.8 miles and 2,100 feet down from the rim.07.20.21 : Saw some crazy rain and thunderstorm action while at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Second pic was later that evening with clear skies.