Since I've been home, I have just not been doing much creating in the kitchen, so I've had no real recipes to post. However, I have been successfully experimenting with meal timing for about 5 months now (no calorie counting either!) I've also begun a new-to-me workout that I'm loving so far (hint: it's one that Janetha did with wild amounts of success). I'll report back on some of these things in due time. Meanwhile if you actually want to keep tabs on me (ha!), you'll likely find me posting photos and comments regularly on Instagram under the name @LASmoothiegirl (which can also be accessed here on a laptop). Did I mention that Instagram is free for those with iphones and is more fun than should be legal?
So, here is a final sampling of our photos of cute animals and pretty vistas. Easy on the eyes. Easy on the brain. I do realize that this has nothing to do with health and fitness. Except that animals and beautiful scenery feeds my soul. And for me, a healthy soul helps to make a body and mind healthy too.
|This was our guide/host Paul. He is a sweet man who was married to a Rapa Nui woman for 20 years. He knows more than Wikepedia ever could know about the culture, plus he knows the REAL stories as told by the Rapa Nui...apparently many books and sites have the wrong information. He took us all over the island and gave us more info than our little brains could ever hold.|
|We stayed here at Paul's Guest house. He also has individual rooms for rent.|
|View from the deck|
|I love the look of shock on Paul's face when he realized that I was taking our picture WITH MY PHONE!!|
|The moai were erected to house a deceased person's 'mana' or life force. It took hundreds of people to achieve this feat and occurred between the years 1250 and 1500|
|There were nearly 900 moai erected in total, and they were all toppled in the 1700s due to conflicts among the islanders. Only ~50 have been re-erected.|
|The moai are huge, ranging from 20-30 feet high.|
|The moai were individually carved at the mountain sites and then laboriously rocked down to the place where most of them sit: by the ocean. This took years to accomplish.|
|The whole island is an active archeological site. Work is ongoing.|
|Hanga Roa town|
|This place is like Hawaii was 100 years ago. Sleepy. We are lucky to have seen it before the rest of the world discovers its wonders.|
|Here, the Rapa Nui people practice their native dances (tourists are welcome also)|
|In front of Rano Kau volcano. Note how intently Derek is watching my flyaway hair.|
El Calafete, Patagonia:
|Nearing the Perito Moreno glacier|
|En Route to Perito Moreno glacier|
|Perito Moreno Glacier- this is ridiculously high (some sites say 180-240 feet tall!)|
|Glacier "calving" in action (breaking off)|
Incidentally, the word "calving" cracks me up when it pertains to a glacier and not livestock or manatees.
|This photo was taken at 9pm! We only saw one other couple. Apparently 9pm isn't a popular time to go glacier-viewing, whereas earlier in the day, there are hoards of tourists.|
Magellanic Cruise, Cape horn, Chile:
|Chilean port town of Ushuaia|
|We got on this ship and sailed around the cape Horn in search of glaciers, storms and penguins. We found it all.|
|Rainstorm in the distance|
|Due to my mystery illness, I wasn't feeling 100%, but I made it out to the glacier nonetheless.|
|Glacier so remote, it has no name!|
|I only felt well enough to work out once in the four day cruise. Apparently, ships gyms attract people who really know how to have a good time.|
|Contrary to popular belief, I did not make this door-sign (I think it was my gym buddy) But I really, really wanted to take it with me as it's nothing short of awesome.|
|This is a penguin preserve in Chile. Penguins are family-oriented and couples will stay together for most of their lives!|
|A family sitting at the entrance to their subterranean home.|
|A furry little chick!|
|These are bachelors (they have no mate)- and they are also thugs- they roam around causing trouble: TRUE!|
|Thugs, thugs, everywhere!|
|Here is a family. It's rare to see 3 babies! Usually there is 1 or 2. This was a treat! Our guide got really excited over this sight!|
Random cute animals:
|Oh these faces!|
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