Black Beach, White Beach, Sailing, Buying Local Queso, the Blue Lake and of course a Dessert

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It’s been hotter than earlier in the week so going to the beach was definitely in order.  The other day we went to black beach – at first we were walking along and not seeing anyone – then we turned the corner and yikes – lots of people.  We carefully carved out our 8′ x 8′ spot with our towels, the umbrella guy came over and put up an umbrella for us and we were in business.  The sand is black – basically small ground rock – very rough, not fine like sand at the beach.  We all swam and hung out and had some fun.  The boys have been bugging me to go sailing – but every time we go it’s blowing 25 kots of wind and not a good place to let them sail.  But the other day the wind died down and we went out – it turned out to be a great 10+ knot wind – easily making way and not heeling over too far.  We spent a magical hour sailing and got done around 8:30 when the sun was starting to orange against the volcano – very cool indeed.   Chilean’s have now found speed boats, jet-ski’s and other power toys so the lake has lots of things zipping about, as well as wind surfers, parachutes, para-gliders and more.  Since it’s high season – everything is going – and every means to make a buck in the sun is being offered.  We aren’t really “Miami Vice/Beach Goers” so we were glad when we found a different beach today.

Today we went to “White Beach” – which is at a lake and about a 25 minute drive from our house.  It is at a much smaller town – similar to what Pucon was many years ago, but the beach is also smaller with less people as well.  We launched into action – quickly swimming out into the water – enjoying the lower quantity of people.  What I love about the culture here is that on the beach if there’s a spot in front of you it’s ok to walk in take that spot and make it your own.  We watched in a slight comedy as a family came in front of a couple in front of us – who were making sand castles and watching their kids in the water.  Then the “jones family” moves in.  The proceeded to put up 5 umbrellas, chairs, tie down umbrellas with side walls, etc.  The lady putting up all the umbrellas actually moved a guys towel so she could put her tent stake and connect her string to her umbrella – unbelievable.  The dude was actually sitting right there watching her do it.  It was funny, but when done you couldn’t see through their entourage of shade.  They only stayed about 2 hours which was nice.   We let the boys rent a tricycle water thing for 1/2 hour and they had fun paddling around.

I happen to love trying new things and taking the family to find new things.  We stopped the other day and found a new drink from a small cart (which was awesome), pulled into a small local empanada shop off a small farm (awesome), so today we were driving by a cheese stop and I said – when we come back I’m stopping there.  So we did – bought two rounds of fresh cheese – which is very good – we have eaten 1/2 of a round already.  Each ‘block’ of cheese costs about $7-8 – compare that to wholefoods.  The lady selling the cheese looked German – spoke fluent Spanish, but there were German flags all around.  My guess this is one of the descendants of many WWII Germans who migrated to Chile during/after WWII.  We sampled the cheese, made our acquisition and made it home.  I promptly proceeded to cut some local bread, melt the cheese and put tomatoes & avocados on top – excellent – except for burning the bottom of some of the bread… All natural & local.

The final chapter for this blog post is our find of our dessert spot – sometimes in town we have been waiting for shops to open – they close from 2-4 for lunch – so you need something to do right?  Well for us it’s dessert and/or lemonada time.  The lemonade they make from fresh lemon/limes – and the ice creams are wonderful.  So some pictures of these as well.

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this is black beach – at about 1/2 capacity – usually by 4 pm it’s stuffed with people. All the open space is nice – but it quickly fills up.

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Sailing with the boys in calm winds.

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Just getting started – not much wind, but it picked up about 15 minutes later.

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This is a waterfall we stopped at on our way to White Beach

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Huge pool below the falls – very clear water.

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Another huge pool of water – this is so deep you cannot see the bottom – and bright blue.

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White beach – less crowds – more comfortable.

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The boys on the tricycle water bike on a cruise.

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The family by the waterfalls.

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Farm Cheese – PULL OVER!

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Fresh round of cheese anyone – it’s so good!

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Hey dad let’s sample the other ones! ok… now we have to get two bricks!

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Cindy enjoying her lemonade – fresh as you can see and “chunky”

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Milkshake! Gavin ordered his in spanish without issue – even picked his fruit in Spanish after the lady asked him different fruits. He’s doing well.

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And our Spanish liason figures out the secret ordering technique for his combination shake. Handmade milkshakes with fresh ingredients are wonderful.

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Aunt Erin says

    So awesome!! I’d love to try some of those drinks! Yummmm!!! Really enjoying your posts and so happy you guys are doing great!

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  2. Tonight I shared several of your posts with Alex, who is taking Spanish this year. His reaction was “Totally cool– I want to go there! It looks like a magical place!” He especially enjoyed all the pictures from your hikes. I passed on your blog address to his Spanish teacher; I thought she might enjoy hearing some of your adventures too.

    I love the blog– such a great way to capture all that you’re doing, and such a joy to read. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Michelle Wagner says

    Outlaws! You are looking happy and relaxed. We miss you around the hood, but love catching up on your adventures! Hi from all us Wagners.

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  4. wagnermw says

    Outlaws! You are looking happy and relaxed. We miss you around the hood, and at Scouts but love catching up on your adventures! Hi from all us Wagners.

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  5. The waterfall looks amazing. When you mentioned the water tricycle, I had no idea! The photo is hilarious!!! It must have been so fun. You guys look awesome and happy. What a wonder experience!! We miss you guys!!

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  6. Josephine says

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful! All of us Hoaglands are missing you guys from FREEZING Minnesota!

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