All of today and the majority of yesterday, rain pounded upon the Lake District of Chile. Our original plan was to leave for the Futaleufu river in southern Chile early this morning and arrive there tomorrow. The originally chosen route requires a ferry ride crossing the Gulf of Ancud. This bypasses an area of land with no roads. In the rain, the ferry would be cold, wet and would offer no views. The weather report does not show any sign of change. In addition, the hosts at the lodge near the Futaleufu have told us that the rain storm has not avoided them. The rivers are way to big to run in flood, so we would have to wait until the rivers drop to boat once we were there. Due to the rain's affect upon our trip, we created a plan B. We have decided to leave tomorrow and go through Argentina, taking a second route to the Futaleufu, avoiding the ferry. Today, we would chill, sleep in, and take advantage of the rain and its affects on our trip.
In the morning, after an eleven o’clock breakfast (yea, baby!) we relaxed and enjoyed a chill and stress free afternoon. I read several pages of my Lord of the Rings book and played guitar with my parents. Dad and I played a game of cards looking out over the cloudy sky both with different thoughts. While I was thinking, “I hope it stays like this. It is so fun to have nothing to do.” my dad called to the far off sun to help us with our journey to the best boating destination in Chile. I felt fully relaxed after the mellow day but was not opposed to going out to a nice restaurant just outside of the village of Llife.
We ran out of the warm hotel room and through the pouring rain that lead to the truck. We spent about an hour exploring and taking pictures on the beach of Lago Ronco. Finally hungry, we drove to a restaurant over looking Lago Ranco. On the lake side of the restaurant, there was a beautiful garden. After ordering, we looked out through the large glass windows in amazement. The rain had cleared and revealed true beauty. Dad and I walked outside and around the building to document the scene. Our dinner arrived and I was served a delicious steak topped with eggs and served with fries. While we ate, we looked outside to enjoy an amazing sunset. I was so excited and was amazed at my pictures. Soon, though, it was time to head home.
Today was relaxing and chill. I loved taking pictures of the amazing scene at the end of the day. We also enjoyed a delicious meal at a restaurant over looking lake Lago Ranco. I wonder what the Futaleufu will be like. One never knows what tomorrow will bring.
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