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The boat to Melinka

Our next adventure in Chile began on Christmas eve when we drove to Quellón, Chiloe after fixing the battery of our van. Quellón is the port city where we boarded the ship Don Baldo, which transported all of us plus the van over to the island of Melinka. Nuestra siguiente aventura en Chile comenzo el dia antes de Navidad cuando manejamos a Quellon, Chiloe despues de arreglar la bateria de la van. Quellon es un puerto donde abordamos nuestra barcaza (Don Baldo), que nos transportaria a la isla de Melinka.

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It was about a 6-hour trip, during which we spent as long as we could out in the open on top of the ship so we could take photos and look for whales. It was too cold to stay out there the whole time so we’d stay out for about half an hour, then go inside to warm up, then head back out again. We never saw any whales but Javier saw a penguin close to shore before we got out into the Gulf of Corcovado. The waters were smooth until we reached the Gulf. Once we couldn’t see land anymore, the waves picked up and the boat was thrown to and thro for about 3 hours. It was hard to stand up without holding on to something, so taking photos got a little dangerous for me until we found a little corner where we could sit and watch the scenery while being shielded by the wall. It was a perfect little spot to watch the sun go down, and once it was too dark to see anymore we went back into the main cabin to sit with Javier’s family. El viaje duro mas o menos 6 horas, las cuales pasamos la mayor parte posible en la cubierta del bote al aire libre para poder tomar fotos e intentar avistar ballenas. Estaba muy frio para estar afuera todo el tiemp, asi que teniamos que salir por media hora, volver adentro para retomar calor, y salir de nuevo. No pudimos ver ninguna ballena pero Javier vio un pinguino cerca de la costa antes de entrar al golfo del Corcovado. El agua estaba tranquila antes de entrar al golfo. Una vez en el golfo, no podiamos ver tierra, las olas crecieron, y el bote se movia muchisimos por mas o menos 3 horas. Era dificil mantenerse de pie sin sostenerse de algo, asi que tomar fotos era peligroso para mi haste que encontramos un lugar donde podiamos sentarnos, ver el paisaje y protegernos del frio. Era un lugarcito perfecto para ver la puesta de sol, y una vez que oscurecio volvimos a la cabina principal del bote para sentarnos junto a la familia de Javier.

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Once back inside we tried to play dominoes, which turned out to be the dumbest idea we could’ve come up with. The concentration we had to use brought about the seasickness for Javier’s gma and mom, so Cora and Meri spent the rest of the trip with bags at the ready seated on the back of the boat with their eyes closed. Too bad! The rest of us fared better, but we were happy once the waters smoothed out and we finally, finally reached the island of Melinka. More on that in the next post! Una vez dentro de la cabina, intentamos jugar dominos, lo cual fue la idea mas tonta que tuvimos. Tener que concentrarse y mirar los puntos de las piezas hizo que la abuela y mama de Javier se sintieran mareadas, asi que Cora y Meri pasaron el resto del viaje sentadas ,abrazando bolsas con sus ojos cerrados. Una pena! El resto de nosotros no nos enfermamos, pero aun asi estabamos felices cuando las aguas se calmaron y por fin llegamos a la isla de Melinka. Mas sobre ese lugar en el proximo post!
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