Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Your road is everything that a road ought to be …and yet you will not stay in it half a mile, for the reason that little, seductive, mysterious roads are always branching out from it on either hand, and as these curve sharply also and hide what is beyond, you cannot resist the temptation to desert your own chosen road and explore them. –Mark Twain

Today was one of those days in which you change your mind about where you might go. (Maybe we were just a little confused because the SF 49ers lost the Super Bowl.)  We ended up hiking in the Villaricca National Park.  This is Volcano Villaricca as we drove out of the town towards the trail.

At the trail head were these very tall araucaria trees.  It is the national tree of Chile.  Sometimes it is called the monkey puzzle tree.  The other large trees are coigue or red oak trees.

This was a beautiful trail lined with alstroemeria or what I call Peruvian lilies.  I grow them in Santa Cruz.

We made several creek crossings on unusual bridges, mostly trees.

Often the trail was enclosed in a type of very thick bamboo.

This is the bark of an older araucaria tree.  They are often compared to redwoods because they can get very tall, very wide at the base, and live to be several thousand years old.

Besides seeing a few fleeting birds and hearing the Magallanic woodpecker, we saw these little lizards, who often held quite still for a long time. He was only about 5 inches long.

This is Volcan Lanin across the nearby border in Argentina.

We turned around after reaching a beautiful alpine lake like we would find in the Sierra Nevadas of California.

The view back towards Pucon and Villaricca.

                                    February 4, 2013

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