We quickly discovered that the people here LOVE color.
Can you spot the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints???
"Thanks, Brik. I feel so cool in the sunglasses you gave me. Yep, too cool to smile."
We drove to the very southern tip of the Chiloe to the town of Quellon. It happens to be the end of the PanAmerican Highway that runs from North America through South America. We had to see what was there. A little fishing town, some cool shells, and look! More exercise equipment on the shore!!!
Ancud at sunset
Typical fruit and veggie market
Then we made our way to the National Park through the town of Cucao. Another long, windy road that opened up to a massive expanse of Pacific Ocean.
You couldn't walk without crunching on shells! The collecting process was priceless.
We drove right onto the sand the beach was so enormous.
Figured we'd get a jump start on Drivers Ed.
The kids got out to explore the sand dunes and suddenly we saw them tearing their way back to us. "The flies!!!! They're attacking us!!!"
Apparently those huge black flies we found on Osorno live here too! It didn't stop us from exploring though. Joe killed a handful with his flip flop and he was the man of the hour!
student driver #2
We finished our day up in Castro, the capital of Chiloe. Palafitos (fisherman's colorful homes built on stilts to allow them to hop right into their boats when the water is high) lined the shores.
Their famous Iglesia San Francisco in the town square.
Law states no other structure can be built taller than the church.
Looks like it just got a fresh coat of paint!!!
Our ferry back to the mainland.
'Twas a long, adventure-filled day. We didn't get into our hotel until close to midnight.
And this kid thinks he's scored sleeping with the big kids. I LOVE VACATIONS.