Yes, my dear daughter made it all the way from Anderson,SC to Puerto Montt, Chile without a problem. She enjoys being an international traveler though it was a 24 hour trip door to door.
The weather here has finally warmed up and we had a delightful cookout for her first day here.
The next day,Sunday, was election day so most things were closed- not because it was sunday but because it was election day. Michelle Bachelet won, we are sorry to say. She has been president before and is known for her communista cronies and government programs which include some educational reforms since the public education system is poor but this means corporate tax hikes to pay for it. We are a bit worried but not as much as we are worried about corrupt american politics.
Anyway, Emily went swimming in the lake which is pretty chilly and got sunburned! and then we celebrated Samuel's 17th birthday. My, he is getting old!
On Monday, we went to Lago Todos Los Santos and the town of Petrohue. We visited last winter and the rain and snow made it a magical, mystical place. This time it was quite beautiful but was living up to its name. Petrohue in Mapuche indian language means the place of the flies. For about 4 weeks in Dec/Jan the place is buzzing with these large horseflies and with the red on their bodies they look quite diabolical. They were really going after Emily so we didn't stay long but headed up the volcano Osorno.
They wouldn't be so bad if they didn't bite!
The ski lodge on top of Osorno is open year round but in the summer you can ride up the ski lift to enjoy the views as the snow line has shrunk considerably and is well above the highest point of the ski lift. The warm sun has melted the icy cone of the volcano causing large crevasses so it is pretty dangerous to climb above the ice line.
Emily is a great photographer with my Nikon which I gave to her for her AU classes so we will post some of her pics later this week.