Sunday, February 3, 2013

Better far off to leave half the ruins and nine-tenths of the churches unseen and to see well the rest; to see them not once, but again and often again to watch them, to learn them, to live with them, to love them, till they have become a part of life and life’s recollections. –Augustus Hare

Chiloe is a group of  islands that only gets about 60 days of sun a year.  Our several days here were clear and bright.  On the 20 minute ferry we saw turtles, sea lions, dolphins, pelicans and a variety of other birds.

Our first stop was for lunch at this popular restaurant, Oysters Caulin.  I had 15 medium Chilean oysters with  only a squeeze of lemon (as the owner instructed me) and a cup of espresso.  It was exquisitely perfect.  Jim had smoked salmon that he enjoyed very much.

We drove a kilometer or so down the dirt  road and saw one of Chiloe's churches which are mostly shingle faced and nearly all the same size.

Our cabana was another 500 meters down the road.  We stayed two nights here.  Cabanas usually have a small kitchen with a few supplies, refrigerator, and a stove.  A satellite television was included but no wifi.  This cabana had two more bedrooms, but no one showed up to share it with us.  Jim really enjoyed resting up here.

Right outside our door the cow was munching on the ripening apples.

The little area called Caulin was a bird haven.  There many black necked swans, whimbrels, swifts, cormorants, sea gulls, vultures, and many we did not recognize.

This Chilean man had gathered seaweed and was in the process of drying it.  He said it would be used to make shampoo.

What would a stay at the seaside be without a sunset?

                                January 27- 28- 29, 2013

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