a diverse collection of travel photos and firsthand experiences while venturing across the globe. each destination has welcomed us with open arms and warm smiles, making us feel right at home. from argentina to utah - and thousands of miles in between - these are our visual memories of 'home'...just as we never imagined.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Parque de Agua

We spent Wednesday up in the mountains at Cacheuta Water Park. We had wanted to visit for some time and finally decided to hit the road with some friends.

The park was quite clean. A casual "lazy river" wraps around the main pool with some amazing riverside scenery. Andean foothills embrace the park below with poplar trees outlining the perimeter. Picnic tables and grills are set up under the trees with plenty of room for traditional asados. As for the one water slide, I (Wade) got stuck in the middle and had to scoot myself down. Someone obviously tore down the sign that said, "No Large Gringos".

Here we are in the thermal pools located on the upper level. Several pools are scattered inside the park, all varying in temperature. We just about fell asleep in this one.

And after a long day in the sun, we all returned to our table to feast...well, except for one.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Another Way to Survive the Heat...

For those of you that have spent a summer inside Argentina - during the hottest months between December and March - this is a good reminder of how hot the weather can be. And for those of you trying to imagine Argentina in the summer, use this post as a reference. It's just not right for beads of sweat to rise from every pore on your forearm.

With the rising temperatures, neighborhood kids will "unlawfully" turn on the local fire hydrants five or six times a day. It's an easy way to cool off before moving along. All you need is a friend (to be on the lookout for police) and a stick (to turn the underground valve)...and you've got a geyser!

Here's a video taken from the backyard of my parents' home...check it out: