Here are some things we experienced as we traveled and spent a few days in the southern part of the country, just a bit southeast from the city of Valdivia (see map):

Cities in Chile

  • We traveled on the same road for 9 straight hours. (Chile only has one highway that runs north and south.)
  • We had to pay $60 in tolls and $190 in gas to make the trip there and back.
  • We drove during the daylight hours so we could enjoy the sights of the magnificant volcanoes, the snow-capped Andes mountains, and the endless rich green pastures filled with livestock.
  • We needed to slow down more than once to allow the cows and sheep to cross the road
  • Our evening barbeque at the campground didn’t even start until 9:00pm. (And we were the first ones to leave…at midnight!)
  • After asking the horse rancher if we could ride again the next day at 10:30am, he wondered if that would still be too early in the morning for us to get up and get ready to ride. (As you can tell, their daily time clocks run a little different from those of North America. Everything runs a little bit later in the day than what we were used to in the US. Our family motto still runs true: It’s not better, it’s not worse, it’s just different!)
  • We traveled the farthest south in the world than we have ever traveled before! (And as you can see from the map, there is still a lot more of the south to explore!!)

  • The children were able to witness the vaccination of some of the cows on the farm.
  • We hiked down a beaten trail to find a beautiful waterfall and stream.
  • We quickly remembered we were no longer in Santiago when we began to feel all heads turn and eyes stare at us wherever we went. (The people of Santiago, like say New York City, are used to foreigners and different languages; however, outside of Santiago…well, a foreigner becomes a true novelty.)
  • Felicia: “Why are all those cows allowed to just walk around out there in that field?” (Okay, with those kinds of questions, we realized that our children are growing up in a much different environment than we did. Seeing cows in a pasture was normal for Max and me as we grew up, but for our children…well, skyscrapers, the subway system, postage-stamp size plots of land, an endless amount of neighbors, and lots of traffic are what they are becoming very accustomed to! Grandma McGinnis, I think we will have to go and visit a few farms when we come back for a visit to get these grandchildren reacquainted with country life!)
  • Each evening, we had the opportunity to just sit around the fire, listen to music, read, and converse with others that were staying at the campground. I love that about the Chilean culture. No one is uncomfortable with silence, yet the atmosphere is always welcome for conversation.

  • Chile is such a beautiful country of vast climate, topographical, and cultural diversity. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to explore more of your amazing creation!

    Hope you enjoy the pictures!

    Psalm 100:3 (NIV) Know that hte LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

    Your turn to share: Did you grow up on a farm or have any relatives that lived on one? If so, please describe the experience.