No that's not us using a mini coke bottle as a prop for River's impromptu photo shoot. That's also not River in a genuine Peruvian alpaca wool sweater (thanks for the gift, Andrew). No we didn't put sunglasses on River to protect her from the sun in the Atacama desert. And that's definitely not River posing with a mini beer (though if she's going to underage drink, we'd prefer she did it at home).
Now that you've seen a montage of River in the Northern Chilean Atacama Desert, here are some photos of actual humans (sorry, Baby, cover your eyes (YES RIVER CAN READ THIS BLOG, LEAVE US ALONE)).
From the Atacama Desert, we made our way south to Valparaiso. Cool, colorful city, that Valpo. Since some of you might actually be interested in the very cool cities we've visited and not our dog, River, we should mention it reminded us a lot of San Francisco. Valpo has some awesome street art and a very creative vibe. Best of all, we found Chichi's long lost cousin, Marvįn.
Sporting the latest farmer fashion.
Just to avoid any confusion... Claire did NOT stab Cheech with a butcher knife. Cheech actually inadvertently stabbed herself while washing dishes.
Our next stop was Patagonia, the most southern part of Chile and Argentina. During our nine day trek through Torres del Paine National Park, we learned a few important things: 1) it doesn't take long to smell awful, 2) take time to think about what your trekking outfit will look like on camera. You might just be left looking back at pictures of yourself thinking you look like a complete idiot in one of the most beautiful places in the world, 3) oatmeal with m&ms is incredible, 4) walking poles will save your life, 5) when they tell you it's rustic and you can't shower, they're lying. They're just gross, 6) mice can chew through tents... And climb trees... And probably untie your bag, boil some water, and make dinner. Ratatouille was not an animated movie it was a documentary based on the mice at Torres del Paine, and most importantly, 7) you can drink glacier water straight from the stream. It's seriously so cool.
Day 1 - the beginning
Day 7 - Britannica Lookout
Day 8 - Lago Nordenshmaggejke... Something Scandanavian. But that's a real reflection just in case you were questioning our authenticity
Day 9 - Sunrise at the Torres
Argentinian Patagonia - Perito Moreno Glacier
For those of you who are still with us, and made it through this long and probably boring blog post, we appreciate you. As a token of our appreciation, we leave you with the image of Alison biking through the Atacama Desert with River in a baby carrier. Doesn't get much more ridiculous than that. K, off to go punch ourselves in the face for the hypocritical dog owners we have become.