Monday, March 10, 2008

Tell Me Your Name Horsemaster...

..and I'll tell you mine.

Lord of the Rings Anyone?

Today it felt like we were dropped onto horses and into The Two Towers (the movie). At one point I even told Josh I felt like a rider of Rohan. Ha! I'm not usually that much of a nerd. The resemblance of our surroundings to the set of the movie was just that uncanny. But we were going a little slower than the Rohirim do in LOTR.

I'll explain. We went horseback riding today in Bariloche, Argentina. Lush Andes mountains in every direction. Blue sky, green trees, clear streams, and grassy plateaus... and all seen from the back of a horse called Muñeca. What a great way to experience this area! They even let us run through a field on the horses, which was exhilerating. Man, I need to try and ride horses more often! Josh, although he had a bunch of fun today, isn't quite as enthused for riding in the future. We DID return to the hotel very sore and covered in dirt.

We're now clean. The feeling in our backsides will remain for a few.

How in the world is it NOT well known that this has to be one of the most beautiful places on the entire globe? I've never seen such an awesome, jaw dropping display of God's beautiful creation. And I already love Carmel, CA and Summit County, CO and a bunch of other places. This is still better.

We have heard that this place was actually a finalist for the set of the Lord of the Rings movies. I can certainly see why.

And yesterday was more incredible splendor. A 10 hour boat cruise (and a couple bus rides) through the mountains from Chile to Argentina. Pure deep blue and green waters (yes, as green as that link!), surrounded by trees and mountains and volcanoes and very little civilization. I can't wait to post pictures, although they won't do it justice.

Sorry for the gush-fest. I'm just in awe again and again on this trip. What a blessing.

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Now we're off to explore the town. Surprisingly enough, there is significant Swiss and German influence here and the town looks quite a bit like Vail, CO, complete with trendy shopping and the log cabin ski lodge look. Plus chocolate shops everywhere. There was even fondue on the menu last night... who knew we'd get a taste of Switzerland in southern Argentina? From what I understand, this place doubles as a ski resort in winter, which does help to explain the Vail similarities.


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The Telmans said...

love the picture in the link, it is so beautiful, can't wait to see some of your pictures! I know this was about 20 posts ago, but I laughed so hard at the picture of Riley on the back of the couch. Thanks for the laugh

Erika said...

Wow, Jess, sounds like you two are having a great time! I envy the scenery!!! Thanks for posting while on vacation.

p + j + g buurstra said...

You do get a "dedicated blogger" award, as soon as I figure out how to do that!! :) Blogging while on vacation is a true blogger at heart!

Glad to hear you guys are having a good time! Because of your glowing review of Chile & Argentina I've already put it on my mental checklist of places to visit someday!

Jaimbob said...

Hey Witte, PLEASE tell me that you acted out one scene of Lord of the Rings while on horse back... or at least said my precious a couple times... ;)

Dave and Jenni said...

OK, totally laughing at jaimbob's comment. Hubs and I love LOTR, so I totally understnad what you're talking about from a scenery point of view. Can't wait to see your pics! The link you included truly is breathtaking!