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.