Salt Flat Tour - Day 2 - Lakes and flamingos galore
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I was allowed a turn in the front of the jeep today, and first stop of the day was in an area near an active volcano which is always nice, some very interesting rock formations to wander around on.
Then it was an hour or so drive to oufirst Laguna, we were warned to not get too excited since it didn't have too many flamingos (or in the words of a Japanese note at the salt hotel, bootiful framingoes ). Louisa had a bit of an incident here, in the actof jumping around the edge of the lake, her foot went straight through a particularly soft part, and what is below the surface just ain't pretty! Her shoe and foot were coated in this black sulphuric smelling sludge,and there really weren't a whole lot of bathroom facilities out here strangely enough :) She just had to wipe it off and push on with a dirty foot.
At the next lake we stopped for lunch, and this one was chock full of flamingoes (don't worry they weren't our lunch). Emma went missing for a while up in the hills, but the rest of us just wandered around the shore taking in the spectacle.
With our bellies filled up, it was on to some call rock formations, there was this particularly weird one that looked like a tree, how the hell does that happen ? I assumed these were what is commonly referred to as Salvador Dali's rocks, they certainly looked odd enough, but with only a Spanish speaking guide I couldn't be sure.
Next it was on to Laguna Colorado which can only be described as a really red lake. I'd always heard it described this way, and expected a significant red tinge, but it just plain red.
We spent the night in a small village with all7 of us ppulled in to a dorm which had an incredibly noisy spring base. It was to the point where I didn't even want to move for fear of waking everyone else up! Xavier found a tiny shop, by which I mean a room at the back of someone's house that looked nothing like a shop, which sold 6-packs of beer, so we happily traded with the kind man. We were joined that night by a GAP tour group, so we chatted away with the GAP leader Apurna as our groups merged and shared wine with an iPod belting out over the speakers. It's always good to be able to look up and see the Southern Cross in the sky, it's a nice little conneciton to Australia. some of the most beautiful stars I've seen, it's great out here with a chill in the air, a clear sky and no cities anywhere near, just a perfect night for star-gazing :)