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Let it be known that this town is a genuinely happy town. I don’t think we met a single person today who didn’t smile, greet us, and (in most cases) laugh heartily while hanging out with a couple of circus folk. Even their 4th-6th graders enjoyed and laughed during their clown assembly (most kids their age would’ve scoffed and made fun, but they had a great time). I think the Kelly Miller Circus is going to make Washburn a circus town!
... Idris is driving now. It was really nice to see him again and before we took off, we left him a circus pass for the Marseilles show. I hope he and his family are able to go…
After a quick grocery shopping excursion and a stop off at a thrift store, we drove to Washburn, IL for the night. We’re staying out side of a school bus barn and visiting three schools tomorrow. Slowly heading south now…I can’t believe the season is coming to an end!
... drive north for several miles along a causeway that stretches over some islands. It was very beachy feeling and beautiful.
We continued into Illinois and heading southeast toward the state park. It was a long drive through many small towns, including Dixon, whose claim to fame is that it's where Ronald Reagan was born and grew up (we got out of there fast).
In one town, we stopped at a place ...
... in Maca and Chivay, which we
wanted to see. We also spent an hour at
the hot springs, which are well worth the visit. I got myself some socks to add to my hat
whilst Lauren got a picture with a local and a Llama. She also bought a couple of finger
puppets. A Llama for her and a condor
The tourist bus usually also stops at the top of the
mountain pass where you can get some great views but it was misty and snowing
when we ...
... waterfalls. It is a tropical paradise of fruit trees in an otherwise dry and desolate canyon. There was a big swimming pool at the spot where we stayed at and a waterfall dropping into the pool, muy bien. We were so hot when we got there from hiking in the scorching valley that plunging in was awesome and the beers hit the spot too. The next day was a grueller straight uphill for 3-4 hours and then directly on a 6 hour bus to Arequipa. From there we jumped on another bus (10 hr) to ...