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Photo Friday: Reflected

Day 196 – February 3, 2012

I have written before about our family’s trip to Laguna Huacachina (see here and here), but I have only mentioned the sand dunes.

As the name of the place implies, there is an actual body of water here (a lagoon, if you will). This is oasis is so well-known throughout Peru that it is emblazoned on the back of the country’s fifty nuevo sol bill.

I realize I have been remiss in this space in that I have not yet shared with you all a picture of the actual water that gives this place its name.

In honor of this week’s theme of “reflected” from Photo Friday, I offer up Laguna Huacachina.

Laguna Haucachina in Peru

Reflecting on a reflection

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Day 196 – February 3, 2012

The latest theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress is Down.

The photo:

Sandboarding down dunes in Peru

A gritty ride

The background:

The family, with my visiting suegra (Spanish for “mother-in-law”), took a weekend trip to the towns of Ica and Paracas, which is a lovely three-hour ride heading south from Lima on the Pan-American Highway.

Our first stop was near Ica, at a place called Laguna Huacachina. This is an oasis that is surrounded by massive sand dunes. One of the activities that can be done is to rent a driver who will take you out in his dune buggy and give you a ninety-minute heart-stopping thrill ride up, down, sideways, and backwards across the dunes that comprise this desolate and sandy landscape. It’s like a roller coaster, but without knowing where the track is…and half the time, I don’t think the driver did either.

In addition to that gasoline-fueled ride, our driver stopped five times and offered us the chance to ride sandboards down the sloped dunes. With the exception of mi suegra, all of us partook of this new experience.

The photo you see above has my daughter in the center just as she starts her first ride of the day. You can’t hear her squeals in this snapshot, but they are there. The dot at the right is my lovely wife at the end of her initial run. The perspective, I believe, gives you a sense of the distance my daughter has ahead of her. The man on the left was our driver who, yes, drives a dune buggy barefoot.

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