Chile: A Needle in a Haystack

Day 2/Part 1–

We woke up at around 7:45 a.m. to the sound of the surf pounding the shore.  When we opened the back door of the camper, we were surprised to see that we were joined by lots of cars and campers in the middle of the night.  People were already out walking on the beach, which is exactly what we wanted to do—after coffee!

Must Have Coffee!

Finding this beach in the middle of the night, was like finding a needle in a haystack. It was beautiful in the morning light.  The beach was lined with stones rather than sand.  The large rounded stones had clearly been polished and smoothed by the constant pounding of the surf.  Mountains framed both sides of our view, and the little village was sitting directly behind us.  Off to the left, we could see fishing boats bobbing in the waves, and a pier jutting out into the water.

As we walked along the beach, we were fascinated by the sound that the water made as each wave was pulled back over the rocks and sucked back to the ocean.  I’m at a loss for how to adequately describe it in words, but I’ll give it a whirl— it was a popping, gurgling, sucking sound.  Yeah, I know that sounds weird, but it was slightly weird, in the best way possible.

We had clearly found a magnificent spot, so we quickly decided that we would view the eclipse from this location instead of moving on in the morning like we had originally planned to do. We spent the rest of the morning alternating between relaxing, exploring the beach, and organizing our living space in the camper.

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