We are in Patagonia, Chile and are having a blast. We are hanging out at RxRivers, a lodge run by an American family who spends half the year boating in Chile. There are several other guests staying here too. It is hard to get Wifi and power at the lodge. Power is acessed at the neighbor’s house, and internet can only be used by poaching it from the school up the road. Last night I did not write because I was playing with Hannah, we had no power on the laptop, and I had previously earned a special treat for a well completed math lesson. Hannah is Aren’s and Sarah’s eight year old daughter. My parents and I are all having fun hanging out with the family and the other guests, boating in the afternoon, and enjoying the wonders of Patagonia.
Aren and Sarah have been helping me improve my boating skills and the improvement is spectacular. Today, we practiced rolls, ferrying, eddy turns, and stern squirts, all in turbulent water. A stern squirt is a trick involving pushing the stern of one’s boat underwater while the bow comes shooting up. We practiced on a fair sized rapid with boiling, small eddies crashing up against rocks on either side. We did the rolls and the stern squirts at the bottom of the rapid, but ferried and worked on eddy turns in the fray of the gnarly part of the rapid. I normally am intimidated by the big water, but today I felt great! I had one combat roll (accidental roll) and really made a great jump in my eddy turns.
|(Photo by Mom)|
|(Photo by Mom)|
Today, I boated with Aren and Sarah, hung out with Aren, Sarah, Hannah, and the other guests, and enjoyed Patagonia. I hope tomorrow is as good!
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