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Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven-Color Hill): Purmamarca, Argentina

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A cycle around town in Purmamarca, Argentina provides really good views of Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven-Color Hill) in an 8 kilometer very easy walk that starts in town. The Andes are incredibly interesting from a geological perspective. Seven different layers come from a remarkable range of dates stretching over 400 million years. Each color of rock is a different age.

 

If you are too lazy to walk the loop, there is a small hill in town that provides a good view.

 

Purmamarca itself is a small town situated around a market square. Crafts from all over Central and South America are available.

Purmamarca well

The Devil Took the Water: Tilcara, Argentina

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One of the small towns of note in Jujuy is named Tilcara. A hike outside of town up to the waterfall “Garganta del Diabolo” is about 6 kilometers, hot, and dry. So hot and dry at the end of summer in South America that the waterfall was a mere trickle.

The hike did provide great views of the Andes. And it helped us to acclimatize to the elevation. There were much higher peaks to attain.

About the only water we observed was the Tilcara sluice which must provide water for the whole town.

 

Well, there was also a small brook along the trail which provided most of the green.

 

The trickle itself was unremarkable.

View of Garganta del Diabolo—dry and windy.

 
 

But the ever shifting clouds and the high mountain vistas more than made up for the lack of water.

 

The devil took the water.

 

Sweet Sycamore Cradles Both Eagles and the Moon.

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On this day I knew the shot, the reason I brought my camera on the expedition. The day before there was a magnificent scene of the moon high over an eagles nest along the river. I wanted to capture it on “film.” This next day, I got that shot, but did not. Over the 24 hours the moon had moved more than I knew, and was beyond the nest when I arrived at the spot shown in the last photo here. That was good luck! I took photos of this and more, and as I headed home an eagle soared over me, and as I turned to watch, did 3 large 360’s over the *other* nest mounted along the river nearby. The eagle drew me back to a high perch above the nest and tree to take the first 2 photos here. It’s in there!

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moon moving to super, eagle nest 90′ high

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It Was a Golden Day

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Large tree PHOTOBOMBS!!

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finished at sunset. yep.

Roller Coaster Complete: 6.3 Miles on the AT

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Ten days ago we did 7 of the 13.3 miles between Ashby Gap and Snickers Gap on the Appalachain Trail. Turns out we did the hard part first. Yesterday, we finished off the segment, starting on Jen’s road and heading down to Route 50. Esther and Chris joined us.

The hike is in our back yard. If you know where you’re looking from Bear’s Den, you can see the monastery.

Ashby gap (on route 50) to Snickers gap (on route 7) is in our back yard

What was most striking was the difference that 10 days make in the woods. Though our hike was much warmer, there were not many leaves left!

Start on Jen’s Road

We saw some lichen. Or was that moss?

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Moss and lichen

lichen

Uncle Chris

Roller Coaster complete! (shew)

We took the yellow car back to the truck.

Appalachian Trail, a patchwork quilt

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A Square of Paw Paws

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A Square of Oaks

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Crazy, Mixed-up Square

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The Tester

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The Quilters

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A masterpiece!

Seven Mile on the AT (in the backyard hike)

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Start 4.5 miles from home (less than a mile from Jen’s house). Hike seven miles. Is it a roller coaster? Yes it is.

Seven mile.

Here is the story in pictures.

Park the truck on Jen’s road.

Foundation (not the Asimov one)

Orange sprite.

Lunch spot off the trail

Up to this point, we saw 7 people (one walked by while we were eating lunch…going our way). 6 Were going the other way.

Lunch WILL be here!

We were passed by an old man with a stick. He was on his way up and then back down.

Jack and I stayed in this shelter in the rain when he was 5

The roller coaster ends at Bear’s Den. Shew!

Bear’s Den feet of the orange sprite…which are purple?!

Home field advantage (monastery from the hill).

Fin

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