We have all safely arrived in Pucon and are spending today relaxing and enjoying the city a little bit. Yesterday involved much traveling as we took a bus from Puerto Natales back to Punta Arenas and then flew from there to Puerto Montt and THEN took a loooong bus ride to Pucon. We got in around midnight or so and after settling in we went out to eat at a restaurant which was open at 1:30 in the morning... Quite odd, but enjoyable.
Today everyone is out venturing on their own, checking out the shops or biking around and exploring. After dinner tonight, we will be checking out our gear and boots, etc. to prepare for climbing Volcan Villarrica tomorrow!!! (--> weather providing.) Then we will have a big dinner celebration of barbecue and lamb shared with the owners of this hostel and another group of Germans who will be arriving either today or tomorrow.
Many other plans are in the making for our time here in Pucon, but it remains to be determined what we will end up doing. Some of our options include horseback riding, white water rafting, climbing a Via Ferrata (that´s my personal favorite), fly fishing, mountain biking, etc. etc. Most likely smaller groups will form to do various activities after Christmas.
More updates to come! We have free internet access here at this hostel, so I´ll try to keep you posted as our adventures continue. :)
p.s. Mallory, Daddy says "Te amo mi niña bonita." <3
p.p.s. Luke says, "I love you, Brittany and Nate."
p.p.p.s. Everyone that is NOT near me at the computer right now probably wishes to express their love for their respective families and loved ones too. :) Feliz Navidad!