February 17, 2018

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The Volcanoic Geography of Chile

February 17, 2018

I never knew Chile had so many volcanoes. And they actually look like volcanoes (think Mt. Fuji), unlike Hawaii’s shield volcanoes which are more subtle.

About 500 volcanoes in Chile are potentially active, 36 are currently active and 44 have erupted at least once since 1820. In the last 20 years there have been 15 volcanic eruptions. All this volcanic activity makes for some dramatic scenery. You just have to get away from the city. Most of these photos were taken north of Puerto Montt.

Here is some of the spectacular scenery easily seen from the Lake Llanquihue area.

This one is called Orsorno

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is on the drive around Lego Ranco

 

Illustration of the Lake (Lago Ranco) and the surrounding mountains

Next it’s about an hour and a half back flight back to Santiago, then by car to Valparaiso which will be very different than what we’ve seen so far.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures. For now and the next several days we’ll explore the long & skinny country of Chile!


Carne a La Brasa -Chargrilled Meat In Puerto Montt

February 13, 2018

Puerto Montt is a port city about 550 miles south of Santiago which we’ve just spent a week in. The town itself isn’t that big (pop ~250,000), and honestly sort of dirty and unexciting despite the nice photos you may find online, but it is the gateway to the Alpine lakes of the Andes. With a little driving (Mickey, not me!) and luck with the weather, which we had yesterday, we got outta town and had great views driving completely around Lago Ranco.

Lago Ranco with the Andes in background

And gritty city aside, we later happened upon a great restaurant past the end of the boardwalk fronting the bay called Cotelé. We had no reservations and they were booked, but the manager spoke fluent English (was born in Maryland to a Chilean mother & Argentine father and was stationed at Kaneohe marine base for 6 years!), and took pity on us and stuck us at a tiny table right by the door. No regrets!

We didn’t know it when we walked in but they have only beef on the menu & charge by the kilogram after selecting the cut you want shown to you at your table. Of course you get the regular starters of bread, sopapillas & pebre, which is also called salsa fresca and similar to our Pico de gallo.

The typical Chilean salad; lettuce, tomato & lots of avocado dressed with olive oil & fresh lemon

Salad and potato come with the meat and we rounded it out with some of the famous Chilean wine and a lemon tort for dessert!

 

 

 

 

Back to the bread for a minute. The cylindrical pieces you see pictured above were also chargrilled on a skewer over the fire right in the middle of the dining room.

That guy is turning the skewered bread

 

 

 

 

 

The grill where it all happens

 

 

 

 

 

This day, the beautiful lake and mountain views topped off with that fantastic dinner we have now set as the standard to be achieved every day.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures. For now and the next several days we’ll explore the long & skinny country of Chile!


New Hairstyle Spotted in Chile

February 12, 2018

Have you ever seen this hairstyle? Me either! I’ve seen the completely shaved head version which most white guys don’t carry off too well (white previlege or not), and the top longer than the sides and everything in between, but never this one.

A moustache on top!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures. For now and the next several days we’ll explore the long & skinny country of Chile!


Near Face-plant In Santiago

February 8, 2018

I had high hopes of getting right into blogging from Chile (Santiago at the moment) but I’ve had a slight setback. After traveling for 2 days with thoke most recent leg being 11 hours from LAX to Santiago, klutz that I am, I tripped on a curb and only saved myself by sheer reflex and broke the fall with my left hand. My thumb & wrist took the brunt of it. Nothing seems to be broken only severely bruised so texting & keyboarding has delayed my plans.

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Stay tuned is all I can say. I’ll be good to go soon!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures. The long & skinny country of Chile is up next!


Here’s An Idea That Just May Work. Crowdfund The Wall!

January 31, 2018

You really think we need a wall? Well yes, I do and here’s why:

We either have a country or we don’t. We don’t unless we have borders.

Hat-tip to American Thinker and author Rufus Dickerson for this ingenious idea!  I saw it on Twitter and I haven’t been able to forget it. And I think it could work, I just don’t know the machinations of how.

First of all, you probably already know what crowdfunding is, but in case you don’t here’s the deal, compliments of DuckDuckGo (the search engine that doesn’t track you or your data):

“Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or cause by raising money from a large number of people, typically through the Internet. It is a form of peer-to-peer fundraising that harnesses the power of social networks to raise awareness and draw donations from around the world for online campaigns.”

Ok we’ve had a government shut-down over it, way too much useless dialogue on both sides and mostly a waste of time for everyone, so why not crowdfund the wall? Let’s take the government out of it. It’s very unlikely we’ll get the money from Congress and even if they did approve it, the likelihood of them ever actually appropriating funds for the wall seems to be little and none. And should it ever get appropriated, this talk about putting the funds in a “Trust Fund for the wall” is ludicrous. Remember the infamous “Social Security lock-box”? If that worked so well, why is SS going broke?

It’s way past time for relying on Congress to do what’s right, especially when half of them (including the RINOs like Senator Lindsey Graham!) think that what’s right is giving amnesty to millions of illegals just because they’re here.

But just because We The People voted for and elected President Trump whose main campaign promise was, “I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me” is a far cry from our representatives actually agreeing to do it. The sad truth is they do not represent us, they represent their big money donors (like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and loud-mouth activist groups). The Chamber wants cheap labor and the loud-mouth activist groups want U.S. citizenship handed to them. If that weren’t true why is e-Verify a voluntary program, and why do you see signs like those shown above?

 

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures. The long & skinny country of Chile is up next!


Don’t Miss “The 15:17 To Paris” -Clint Eastwood’s New Movie

January 22, 2018

We all knew Clint Eastwood was a good guy after hearing his 2012 speech at the Republican National Convention thumping for Mitt Romney. It was a great speech! It’s the one where he addresses Mr. Obama as an empty chair. I’d forgotten much of it and watched the entire thing again. Here it is:

Well Eastwood’s done it again with his newest movie due out next month. Hollywood certainly doesn’t want you to see this movie, the airheads in the Women’s March (2nd anniversary & repeat performance yesterday in many cities including Kona) don’t want you to see it, and the Dimocrats (not a typo!) don’t either. Here’s the back story on “The 15:17 To Paris.” It’s the story of the 3 unassuming patriot America guys on a train to Paris who found themselves in the midst of a terrorist attack who without much thought became the heroes, saving possibly hundreds of lives. And BTW, Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos play themselves in the movie!

I can’t wait to see this one!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures.


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