The spectacular Rainbow Mountain, Peru.
It was my last trek in South America and another beauty, I nearly didn’t do it…..but I’m so glad I did, telling myself off a few times, asking “why are you punishing your body like this?” Last trek ever, I swear, well, after the pain is gone it’s all good again. I read so many reviews of how hard the trek is, the altitude etc, Some said it was hard, some easy, It’s two and a half hours up, although I’m sure i would be slower had I walked it all, so I thought, what is my goal here? to prove I can climb it? or get to the top as quick as possible and photograph?
A couple of the Brazilian guys on the bus called me a cheat for being on the horse, I laughed and waved my camera at them, smiled and thought to myself, I’d only be cheating if my goal was the same as yours 😉
So I walked the first quarter and then decided to get on a horse, needless to say I was broken for a few days afterwards. I walked the last quarter, 100 metres quite steep and all the way to the top, sprints of 5 or 6 steps before dizziness set in, it’s a bit like when you get up too fast but lasts twice as long.Finally at the top with stunning views of the valley and mountains, Worth it when you breathe in the serenity, along with other people of course, but patience is needed, wait until my frame is clear of people.
I decided to walk back taking my time, i have to say this was one of the hardest on my knees and absolutely exhausted when I got back to the bus, 3.30am start might have something to do with it as well, so now that i’m tucked in and editing and recalling the feeling looking out, my heart smiles knowing I found my own rainbow along the way….
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Yes! I will work for food and wine while on my travels, after a full day of trekking, it was great to come back to Refugio Darwin, to watch the sunset over Los Cuernos with a glass of wine, a beautiful finish to the end of my first day in Patagonia.
Refugio Darwin maybe a little further out that some of the places to stay in Patagonia but transfers to the base of each trek made it easy whatever time you choose to start your day, staff were very friendly and helpful, I even got a “Forza Silvia!” from Victor on my first trek, well that made me smile and think, “here goes!”
After and early morning start and a last minute decision to visit Lago Grey on the way back, needless to say I needed something to warm me up, arriving back at Refugio Darwin, i asked for a cup of tea, not long after a spread was being set up, I thought ‘that’s nice”, well what I didn’t realise is they were setting up to take some photos, oops, It was only a bit of cheese while I waited for my tea, A little laughter and a voice said “wait” lol
I was then asked if I would take some images in exchange for dinner, well of course! dinner was great by the way! Nothing like a BBQ, I even got to try Pisco. I never did get that cup of tea….Although I was then offered what was on the table.
The bottle of wine as a gift was definitely a bonus, before dinner and during sunset, perfect.
A special thanks to both Nicole’s, Victor and other staff members during my stay, should i be back anytime soon, I know exactly where to stay.
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A 6 day road trip with my gorgeous gals, I really love our adventures, lots of chatting, singing, fun, laughter and sometimes silence…
A few days stop in Mount Gambia on the way up to Adelaide, the weather was perfect so we decided to head down to the coast leaving the main sites to later, although as we drove past we couldn’t help but stop, it really is blue, Colbalt Blue! I got up bright and early for a morning walk, up to the first tower with a great view before the tourists came along, it’s alway nice to arrive into quiet beauty. Lake is blue between November and March, although best to check info online before you go.
I recently read that Bhutan is one of the least visited countries in the world, wow, what a privilege for me, it’s actually the most peaceful country I have ever been to.
I cannot breathe, stabbing thoughts, i don’t hear my heart beat.
Along the way so many may cross your paths, some noticed and some un noticed, I absolutely enjoyed encountering this living creative full of confidence. Ha, an amazing place suspending in time and definitely it’s own charm. Want to checkout more of my work?
I have always believed that when you look at life in reverse all is as it should be, while mostly I like to travel back to fond memories and moments, sometimes you need to look back as a reminder never to make the same mistake again, Moments deep within can be blinded by a false trust, i was so busy admiring through the lens that I didn’t see the water creep up behind me, left standing on a meter long island, i was drawn in, peaceful in a trance and forgot about the tide coming in, with a smile on my face I walked through the water not even feeling the cold. Thank God for reality checks.
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Grantville on 3 different days at 3 different times! I love stopping by if i am down that way, although I do check my tides, it’s always great to see how its presenting itself on the day, wild water, sand that I sink in, yep i got stuck, or tide just at the right height, calm waters and a beautiful sunset.
When everything aligns perfectly, I don’t normally photograph people homes, but I couldn’t resist when I turned to see the light shinning on it, just as well! the tide had come in so fast that there was not much to stand on, oh well boots were wet anyway, on the upside I have good friends that live near by and I have sent her a copy to show the owner, only right I send them a copy if they want it. 3rd time lucky in the last two months to get the shots I was after, at just the right water level, I was there the day before and the tide was all the way out.
Each side had it’s own unique Buddha, these temples were built by families to worship together.
Bagan is an ancient city in central Myanmar (formerly Burma), southwest of Mandalay. These amazing temples are the main attraction, there are thousands of them spread across the plain, each so very unique. A great time to view all of them is at sunrise from a hot air balloon or you can climb up most of them, but get there early to get a front row seat, no easy to climb up with gear on your back, they are steep! Sunset is also spectacular to witness, there is a man made tower, for a few bucks you can go all the way to the top and thankfully plenty of room to watch the golden sun go down, it was an amazing day to explore.
Another great stop off along the way …….
The Yallourn W power station commenced operations in 1974 with four generating units commissioned between 1974 and 1982. Yallourn W represents the last in a long line of generation plant at the Yallourn site, with initial power generation commencing in the mid 1920’s.
Every hour 2400 tonnes of brown coal is used to boil water into superheated steam to drive four turbine generators. These turbines have a combined rated capacity of 1480 megawatts of electricity which is enough to supply around two million homes. The power station employs a closed loop cooling system utilising hyperbolic cooling towers.