Day 9: Lago Verde Overlook, Rio Arrayanes by boat

Trip Start Dec 02, 2008
Trip End Dec 26, 2008

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Day 9: Lago Verde Overlook and Power Boat Ride on the Rio Arrayanes, Los Alerces National Park,  Lago Verde Wilderness Resort
Thursday, December 11th

This really has been a busy trip, filled with activities each day.  Today, we are slowing down and going to be spend some time either at an overlook or by a river. Harvey is going to take his guitar and books, and I'm taking my camera and gear.  We'll enjoy the view and our hobbies! 

At breakfast, Harvey talks with Patrice, the manager, who suggests that we go to the overlook of Lago Verde, the lake that El Aura is on.  She also offers a boat ride on Lago Verde and the Rio Arrayanes in late afternoon with Jose.  Harvey jumps at the opportunity.  I do too when I catch up with Harvey at the restaurant where they have been talking.

Up to this point in our trip, there has been so much external stimulation and activities, that I have set aside a personal practice of mindfulness that I do at home.  I determine that today is the day to bring that practice back into my daily routine.  I have seven intentions, one for each day of the week.  Each morning, I pause and remind myself of the days' intention and set that on the screen of my mind.  As the day progresses, I may from time to time, remind myself.  I try to realize that intention during the day.  This practice has yielded some very interesting insights and I am continually amazed at how many layers of understanding there can be with such simple phrases.  The intention for Thursday is "everything flows".

We have had breakfast and are back in our cabana, Harvey is playing guitar and I am writing this journal.  Our stomachs have settled from the delicious breakfast, and it seems time to find the Lago Verde Overlook.  It is just a short ride from our lodge to the parking lot, and from there we take a short walk uphill to a commanding view of Lake Menendez, Lake Verde and Rio Rivadavia.  We can look down on El Aura and it looks so small against this larger than life landscape!   We take a brief walk around and see cows with a bull, and slowly back off from that specific area as the bull keeps his eyes on us.

Harvey takes out his guitar.  I roam around with my camera taking overview images, and then settling in with the tripod for more intimate graphical landscapes.  Sometimes it surprises me how much there is to see and how things reveal themselves if you just slow down.  I find one beautiful spot after another, stand or sit and just gaze. And when I feel moved, I try to capture images with my camera.  We have our sandwiches that were prepared for us.  Life is good!  Time flies by.  We see only a few people who pass by.  It is a quiet time and we are "flowing".

In late afternoon, we make our way back to El Aura.  The satellite system doesn't appear to be working as we can't get our email.  I start to upload photos from the last few days.  Before we know it, it is time to meet Jose for our boat ride!

It feels so good to be in our power boat on the water!  We touched the water and Jose said it was OK to drink, so I did - and splashed my face.  What a sensation of being alive!  Harvey's Spanish is getting better and he speaks to Jose in Spanish and Jose tries to speak in English.  We smile, laugh and have fun.  We see two ducks with three babies.  Jose says that the last time he saw them, there were four babies.  We see fly fisherman wading by the side of the river.  The trout are jumping on the other side of the river!  The landscape is lush and green from the trees on either side of the river and lake.  The water is clear and you can see the bottom, which is a good thing, because Jose needs to steer clear of tree trunks under water.  There is a light breeze against our faces.  For a little bit, Jose stops the engine and it is quiet as we drift.  We hear the water lapping against the side of the boat.  Everything does flow! We notice the ripples on the water as the air flows over and touches it.  It is so incredibly relaxing to sit on the bow and watch the trees as we go by!  Watch for the trout jumping!  Watch the ripples on the water!

I feel quietly energized deep inside.  As the river flows, it is fluid, gentle, soft, moving, offering no resistance, steady, in motion, calm, sure. The river is simply "being" itself.  The river takes on different colors of the light with beautiful ripple patterns on the surface.  The fresh water of the lake and river is the home and the source of life for fish, ducks, plants, and also a source of fresh water for drinking.  All this invites me to open my senses, to soak it all up like a sponge - to be alive! 

We are back at El Aura's shore.  Jose expertly guides the boat into position and helps us off.  We give him big hugs and say "thank you"!

The day has flowed.  We literally saw and felt the water of the river and lake flow.  Physically and emotionally.  Time flowed.  It is good to be alive!

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