28 March, 2008

Heads Up!

We just posted the last 3 slide shows of our trip before we head back to the States this Monday (p.s. call and make dates with us cuz we miss you!) so take a look at them!

Lately, we've been talking about what our transition is going to be like re-entering the country after 6 months of this crazy adventure and, hopefully, we'll have a chance to write some of our thoughts down, so, until then...

10 March, 2008

03 March, 2008

18 February, 2008

Slideshow of wwoofing at Matias´s Place

WWOOFing is a worldwide association made up of farmers who are looking for volunteers and volunteers who are looking for a farm to volunteer on in exchange for room and board.

We have spent the last 2 and a half weeks on a small farm near Puerto Montt. Soon we are headed to a different farm near Pucon after our 4 day hike to the Termas de Callao.

Enjoy the pics!

13 February, 2008

heading off to the farm...

We don't have time to do a proper account of what we've been up to and all the beautiful things we've seen ... nor have we updated the MOST recent pics from our 4 day ferry trip through the chilean archipelago but, if you want to see pics of our hike in Los Glacieres Parque Nacional in Argentina and in Chile's Torres del Paine, visit our photo album.

For the next 2 weeks we will be volunteering on a farm and will most likely not be hooked to the net so you may not hear from us for a bit. We'll keep in touch as soon as possible...

xoxoxo, g&m

12 February, 2008

thoughts on day 145...

So today Micah and I went on a long walk around Puerto Varas to wear off the cabin fever from our 3 day ferry ride. It was gorgeous but the boat was small and after being so active with all our trekking we found it difficult to sit still for so long. So, we took a walk along the lake and, as you can imagine, got to talking. The thing about this is that we talk a lot these days, the 2 of us. Cuz there's not too many other friends around to talk to and that means we talk about a lot of the same stuff over and over... we talk our subjects to death, sometimes breaking ground and other times, just saying the same old thing. When we get an email it is the subject of our next meal...updating the other one about the news and/or gossip. Then we take it to a whole other level of thought that one might normally because we have all the time in the world with few distractions. And other times, we find ourselves with no words. There just isn't anything to say today and the other one is left with their own thoughts.

Today, we broke some ground. I think cuz on the ferry I was left with no words and after 3 days, I was ready to talk and Micah was ready to have someone to talk to. And so, we talked. We talked about that. About how on this trip we have more time to think and talk and read then we ever do in our normal lives. We read a book and pass it on to the other and then when we've both read it, we talk about it for days... hell, we're still talking about the first book we read in October. We talk about circuses, the war, the conquering of Chile, love affairs, Iraq, fantasy worlds, breaking computer codes and everywhere else our books have taken us. Worn books passed from traveler to traveler have taken us to places we never imagined to visit these 6 months.

When we pass the book onto the other we sit back and watch them read out of the corner of our eyes, guessing where they are in the book... we ask questions and for their opinion, trying hard not to give too much away. And then at dinner or lunch we talk about it at length. We talk about the characters, the situation, the place, how it all relates to itself, how it relates to us, etc. And then we get sidetracked somehow into another conversation but not entirely cuz often we bring it back to the book. Like this one book I'm reading about a suicide bomber in Iraq. We started talking about the complexity of the situation there and the fact that there is a civil war there whether US is in or out and then somehow we applied that thinking to intervening when you see a parent abusing a child in public and you don't want to ignore it but you wonder if stepping in will improve or worsen the situation for the child. It's always like that, limitless connections being made only because we have endless hours to talk and process with each other and the comfort of complete trust of each other...

It reminded us of something my mom said when we were traveling with her a month ago. About how with our new age of technology and the rapid rate news is distributed we aren't left with much to discuss and ponder and talk about. In her days, she would sit with friends and read the paper and they would talk about the current news: clarifying it, critiquing it, challenging it, forming opinions, etc. And there would be time to process it all before the next news announcement. But now, we don't have time to process it all and marinate in thought, we just wait for the next hour of headlines to tell us what's happening. The fast paced internet technology has its blessings though... this blog for instance and all the other pieces of news that come from the far corners of the world from direct sources...people making their own news... but I suppose not without a cost...

A big one we talk about is other people's blogs and myspace bulletins. Seriously. The bulletins are not common subjects but there have been a few that have caught our eye for sure. Our most beloved bit of consistent internet writing, though, is from Greensboro based writer Liz Seymour. Maybe we wouldn't relish in it so much if we were caught up with our normal, busy daily lives but being here, so far away from home and friends we chew on each week's entry like a piece of mango in the desert. So good.

We like these endless conversations that we revisit and revisit again. And while we feel lonely and tired of each others company sometimes and are exhausted of traveling and witnessing other people's lives and finding ourselves in yet another van or bus or boat full of Europeans in quick dry pants, we love this elbow room for our thoughts. We want to live a life that values marination, that values sitting, perhaps in silence, with an old friend,...no projects, no running off, just taking the time to sit, to think, to listen, to talk and to let the conversation go to an unexpectated place.

The trick is figuring how to create that time and space in everyday life... maybe that will be our guiding question for day 146...

Slideshow of Bariloche, Argentina y Nahuel Huapi P.N

07 February, 2008

Bariloche, Argentina & Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

So we have spent a good portion of the last three weeks in the woods and have some catching up to do as far as the blog goes....Unfortunately we can´t seem to upload the pictures right now so you can read and then view the pics separately if you are so inspired for a visual. Use the link on the right.
After parting ways with Bart and Eliana, we geared up for our first trek (hike) into Nahuel Huapi National Park (the oldest in Argentina) outside of Bariloche, Argentina. We began our trek at Villa Catedral and hiked along the ridgetop looking over Catedral on one side and on the other a breathtaking valley with views of Cerro Tronador (the highest peak in the park) grumbling in the background. We had a moment admiring this bad bad looking peak. North Carolina Outward Bound instructor friends had been hiking Tronador a few weeks before we were there and I have to say as she loomed in the distance with her own set of dark clouds circling....that mountain looked like it would chew up and spit out anyone who tried to climb it. It was scary looking. A lot of time nature gets trampled by us humans, but sometimes nature demands respect. I mean demands it. This is something I have been thinking about more and more as the global environment lashes out with hurricanes and floods and earthquakes more and more frequently these days. Also as I spend time in the more extreme environments of the southern hemisphere, I am learning to listen. So anyways, I listened and respected Tronador from a far and had no desire to get closer than I was.
Instead, Gig and I hiked for a couple hours on the top and then the side of the very rocky ridge before dipping down into a valley- out of the wind but still nothing but rocks- where we spent the night at Refugio Frey. Among the other people staying with us were many rock climbers who looked so happy to be alive. There was still snow there and a few brave souls rode plastic bags down the very steep hill. Most of them were able to jump bag before crashing into the boulders at the bottom of the hill, but there were also some gnarly spills.
The next day, when my knee pain wasn´t feeling better, we opted for a day below the tree line instead of another rock scrambling day. We hiked down and spent the next few days exploring Nahuel Huapi while base-camped near Lago Gutierrez. We met a great couple from Germany who were cycling around the world with their 70 lb. half husky half Lab pup! They were lovely and also have a blog (with English options) if you are interested. It´s www.dogonwheels.de.tl
Being below the tree line in the park felt so much more like home to us and we are big fans of the Lakes District both in Chile and Argentina. After a good meal (Argentinan beef and wine) back in Bariloche, we took a leg-numbing 26 hour bus ride south landing in El Calafate for our next trekking trip. That story will wait because tonight we board a four day ferry headed north through the archipelago of southern Chile. How amazing is this life?!?!

23 January, 2008


Hey there winter bunnies! We have had such positive responses from previous recipe posts we want to give you another. This is true Chilean comfort food..a version of piping hot chicken noodle soup without the noodles. Micah fell in love the first week we arrived and although it is summer here and folks think she is strange Micah cant stop eating it. The dish- cazuela. The recipe-(easy to alter to your liking) is de Tia Marcela.


  • chicken or roast beef (if you choose chicken use 1/2 a bird sliced in the middle or be sure to include the legs and skin for flavor)

  • 1/2 potato per person

  • 1/2 corn on the cob per person

  • acorn squash- a decent chunk per person

  • sweet potato- optional also 1/2 per person

(In cazuela, the ingredients are not chopped into bite size pieces, rather each bowl has a half a piece of corn, a half a potato, one piece of meat, etc.)

  • rice- handful

  • oregano

  • cumin

  • salt

  • fresh cilantro- the more the better as far as I am concerned


  • Submerge chicken in water, add rice and vegetables. Be mindful of what veggies will take the longest and add accordingly.

  • Sprinkle with oregano and salt

  • Bring to boil.

  • Reduce heat and check veggies. Take them out if they are done while the chicken and rice finish. Dont overcook the veggies!

  • Salt to taste and add fresh cilantro.

  • Gigi´s aunt says to let the soup sit for a few minutes covered after it is done to let the flavors set in. Leftovers on Day 2 also taste great.

Let us know how it turns out!