Beginning at the End

So, where shall we begin?

Next month we plan to head south to Patagonia with our dogs, buy a couple of horses, turn around and ride north. Sounds pretty straightforward right?

In reality there are a lot of logistics that we are in the midst of figuring out. Just getting from Pucón to Villa O’Higgins, where our ride begins, is going to take some patience and creativity. Because of the remoteness of the region, and the fact that we are traveling with our two dogs, we’re currently piecing together a logistical plan that includes hitchhiking, ferries, maybe a bus here or there and a good bit of luck.

Good thing we enjoy adventures!

Since we haven’t quite reached our beginning, let’s start at the end and introduce the lovely little place we currently call home- the place we’ll be riding back to once we manage to get ourselves to Villa O’Higgins.

Pucón is a little adventure town tucked along the edge of Lago Villarica and located near the base of the smoking Villarica Volcano. We had quite a bit of excitement earlier this year when our volcano made headline  news with its incredible eruption. It was a spectacular sight to witness (we shared our experience the day after the eruption in this post)!

There is a different energy to this place, the constant puffs of smoke that rise from the ash-encrusted cone, they are a reminder that this mass of rock and ice and earth is alive…it’s breathing. The gushing rivers that flow from various points at the base of the volcano are like blood rushing through the veins of this planet. A visible reminder of our own likeness to our natural environment.

The motion of nature here is ever-present- the clouds dance through the valleys, the rivers flow forcefully from glaciers, the wind whips through the ancient forests and volcanic landscape; and of course, there’s that visible breath of the volcano.

My words can hardly do a place like this justice, and each time I step outside I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I call this place home.

Happy Trails ∞ Greta

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