Kurt and I headed to Nevados de Chillan for a week of skiing.
The mountains are incredible!
You can see two big volcanoes right next to each other. We made an attempt on the double cone in the middle and also another one further to the right.
Here we are hiking across steam fields. The volcanoes here are so active! We got pretty high, but neither time did I make it all the way to the top.
It was still a lovely ski down.
And here's a gratuitous picture of hand knits from a local ski shop.
They had some interesting needle-felted cowls. Kurt found a dress in his colors. ;)
On a final note in Chillan, there is a big hot spring right in the parking lot for the ski area. Awesome!
Our next destination was Pucon, adventure playground of Chile. It's much more developed, really a little city.
It's quaint, on a big lake, and - yeah - next to a giant volcano, Villarica.
We spent over a week in Pucon, but since this is the "Adventuras" post, I'll tell you about the volcano.
We tried twice to climb Villarica. The first time we were blown away by the fierce wind. The second time we fared better.
We got to within 100 feet of the top, but I don't have any pictures from that high. It was intense. It was very steep, precariously icy, and buffeted by wind. We had to abandon our hopes to see the steaming lava crater, but there was still plenty of adventure ahead.
We skied off the backside, across a vast glacier, and down a creek into the temperate rainforest.
After more than 10 hours of adventure, we finally reached...
... Geometricas, the most beautiful hot springs I've ever seen!
And they fed me hot, delicious soup.