Day 19: Lago Meliquina and Lago Hermoso

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

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Day 19:  Lago Meliquina, Lago Hermoso and Rio Hermoso Hotel
Sunday, December 21st

We wake up to snow on our mountain!
We bundle up and take our first walk of the day on Rio Hermoso's path by the river.  We get in the car and spontaneously choose to drive left to check out Lago Meliquina.   We see a national park sign in front of a dirt road and turn to check it out.  We follow it until we get to a big ditch - backup, turnaround, park and walk down to the lake.  I take a big deep breath of the fresh air and the drink in the beauty!  We stroll along the stone beach and gaze at the wild, rugged and snow covered mountains.  We imagine how cold it would be in southern Patagonia, in Torres del Paine Park where we had considered going on this trip.

We have lunch at a small restaurant on the Seven Lakes Route (we learn later that we could have driven to the village of Meliquina for lunch).  Then we drive a short distance to Lago Hermoso.  This is another beautiful inspiring site!  If it had been a warmer day, we could easily have spent the day at either lake with our books and Harvey's guitar.

To warm up, we head back to Rio Hermoso.  When you can be in such a beautiful location and be warm and comfortable, go there!  We are reminded of a saying that Harvey frequently repeats - "I have what I want".  We believe it is one of the keys to internal peace.

A cup of hot mint tea is perfect while sitting by the fire.  We are both reading and enjoying the warmth and sounds of the fire.  Harvey asks me to write down Lopital, a law in mathematics that he wants to read more about.

My passage for the day that speaks to me is:  "As you observe a situation that is not quite right, ask yourself, "What would it take for me to move into the mind-set where I could make this right?"  The object is not to find flaws or to use your mind and listening skills for critical thinking, but to reverse the process.  Use your mind and listening skills in a right-making perspective.  Wonders and miracles occur when you enter into a right-making relationship with another, especially one whom you love and respect dearly.  Doors of perception that were otherwise closed begin to open.........Right-making is the dynamic of living consciously with a positive attitude.  It is both self-correcting and self-preventative; it enables you to correct errors in judgment after they occur and more important, reverse negative thinking before it is externalized in words or actions.  This is intelligent action that is the result of spiritual awareness and mindful training."

After some time, we return to our room and open the bottle of wine from Villa La Angostura and have some crackers.  Harvey is trying to get the download of season end of Boston Legal.  He comes to the conclusion that the satellite internet connection can't handle video downloads.  Here is a lesson learned - if we want to stay someplace for an extended time, we will want to make sure we have full internet capabilities. Just for fun, Harvey is looking up each of our names in Google and reading the tidbits of our lives that show up in public.  Harvey is a techie and Margie takes photographs.  We knew that!

The days pass - I lose track of what day of the week it is, what intention, what time it just flows...we do what we feel like doing at any time.

At dinner we speak with the chef, Carlos, and ask if instead of an item on the menu can we have simply a salad completa and soup.  He gives us a choice of soups and we choose onion...Carlos says it will take about 15-20 minutes, so we sit by the fire in the living room.  It's 8:45 PM and Navalia comes for us when the salad is and agua con gas...perfect!  Some relaxing Argentinian music playing...heaven!  We are seated near large windows and observe the light change.  Today is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, but the shortest where we live in Miami.  After dinner, we sit by the fire for a little bit...around 10 PM, the Argentinian couple come for dinner; just like on South Beach, we are the gringos leaving just as the young people arrive!

At Rio Hermoso it is like a private home and you eat when you want!   We so appreciate this gem of a place and we are so glad to be here!

In middle of night, I start thinking about returning home.  Tomorrow is our last day at Rio Hermoso, then we start heading back to Bariloche, Buenos Aires and our flight to Miami.  It's the first time in days that I am not in the present, in the now.

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