|This is our neighbor next to us - nice entrance gate and the house behind the bushes |
They must live in Santiago because they are rarely around
|Here is a view into the ravine towards the lake |
It's very jungly and instead of kudzu we have a vining bamboo
|The sides of the ravine are rock in some places and there are lots of small waterfalls that come down and follow the creek that runs along the side of the road|
|This tree has small red tubular flowers which the hummingbirds love|
It is blossoming heavily now though there are flowers all winter
|This is the lowest point in the road though we are still quite a ways above the bottom of the ravine|
|Now we are headed up to the ridge|
This is really deep! A scary 200 feet deep. The picture is very deceptive.
They do have Pumas here in Chile, and Thomas in this picture looks like a "Puma Snack".
The maintenance guy actually has seen a puma on our road within the past 2 months.
Can you imagine hacking your way through this to create a farm and a life for your family in 1840? This is what the Germans faced when they came here and settled this area. Many German settlers died cutting and clearing for their farms.
|By now your legs are really aching and you are breathing hard but it's not much farther|
and the view is really worth it!
|As we come down the other side, there are 3 houses tucked into the hillside|
One belongs to the General of the Chilean Air Force and the other to his Colonel friend
|In this cove is a fish farm - the baby salmon swim in cages here in the lake until they reach a couple of inches long and then they are transported to the ocean in tanker trucks to reach a mature size for harvesting|
|One of the homes. Our friend said it was on the market a few years ago for under $250,000.|
Not bad for nice large house with incredible views in a private gated community!
|Glad I bought those galoshes! We head up another smaller ridge before heading down to the lake|
|This part of the road reminds me of the farm I grew up on in Connecticut|
|Our final descent to the lake|
|A glimpse of the lake through the trees|
|We are finally here!|
A view back towards the ravine
|The lagoon faces south but no mountain views here|
|There is a dock here but someone stole the floats from it so it sank :(|
Wow, thanks for holding out with us. That was a long post!