Sunday, March 25, 2012

Why not White Water Raft in the Andes?! :)

La Cascada De Animas! The outdoor resort we drove too nestled up in the Andes mountains. We found it online and had to go! They have zip lining, horseback riding, paintball, white water rafting, and so much more!

One of my favorite parts of the evening was the hour drive back. As we wound through the mountains just as the sun was setting, we began to lift our voices in song...and sang some of my favorites. Wonderful Merciful Savior, All in All, As the Deer, and Climb Climb up Sunshine Mountain. We were wet, we were tired, we were refreshed from being in the middle of nothing but God's glorious creation, and so we just sang, and sang the whole way down that mountain. Such a special memory.

Once we had arrived there we walked down this gravel path to get to all the Fun at the bottom! What a view?! I have often felt the need to state how frustrated I am at how camera's only capture 40% of the actual startling beauty of these mountains.

As we were walking down that gravel road we spotted little cottages off in the distance! So quaint and adorable.

The restraunt where we ate some amazing Fish and Potatoes! It looked like something straight out of a movie.

Our view from our table....I couldn't help but whisper the lyrics to "How great is our God" as I sat there. I know manners says your not suppose to sing at the table, but I do believe this situation called for an exception. :)

Inside the restraunt. It looked a little bit like a Cottage/Teepee/ A place where Snow White might of lived.

The dear Missionary Lady that I mentioned in blog. Her love for the Lord and for this country truly inspire me.

When we arrived at the resort, we discovered that our reservation had been messed up so we had missed the first boat, and there were 3 hours till the next raft. However, they were so kind and offered us any attraction we wanted...for free!! So we chose the Zipline!

As I was talking to Mrs. Susan I heard someone speak up and say " Hey, where in the states are you from?" And I of course got excited because I knew what they were thus, we became instant friends. Oh, and they went white water rafting with us!

Not flattering, but it kept me warm! ( and was super hard to get on and off-Yikes)
Listening to all the rules and guidelines for our big adventure on the water! Thankfully we had an English Guide!

I think we had enough padding on. But we needed it, because the water was freezing! I think at this point I had on 5 layers.

The cute little lady who was on our raft. She didn't speak much English, but we just had a great time laughing anyways. Something about fear mixed with excitement brings out the giggles in women. At least with our entire ( female) raft! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!

We had to hike down a mountain of boulders, but we all made it! I was so proud of those woman. As they said more than once, " I am keeping them young!"

How great is our God, sing with me how GREAT is our GOD!!!
After our long day in the mountains, we decided to make a pit stop at a McDonalds for dinner. I was excited because I was able to order my food with no help!! I am beginning to feel more confidant in at least trying to speak a word even if I'm not 100% sure how to say it. Thank you so much for your prayers, and thank you for continuing to pray!! I've been told by Camila that my Spanish is improving. Yikes, I don't feel that it has...except for rare occasions. This night at Mcdonalds being one of them!
Layer 2 and 3
Layer 4- LETS GO!!!

Layer 1

Some highlights of the day

-The free zipline
-Sharon's blue goggles
- The guide said "Look out for the big rapid ahead." For some reason my interpretation of what I thought he said was..." Look out for the big rabbit up ahead." Needless to say after yelling loudly " Where's the rabbit?!?!" Everyone laughed and throughout the ride keep saying " Look out for the rabbit ahead"!
-Singing worship songs with fellow missionary sisters in christ while driving through the Andes, at sunset
- Being able to successfully get my wetsuite on.

Oh and on a side note- I experienced 2 earthquakes this week! One woke me up at 430 am and ended up being a 5.6 and felt like it lasted for over a minute.
The second one was about 5 minutes ago and lasted for about 2 minutes...and was a 7.2!
Talk about making a week memorable...Going White Water Rafting...and 2 EarthQuakes!!

1 comment:

  1. Many GOOD memories with wonderful friends!