So we have transitioned into Argentina. The land of Gaucho's and its many diverse landscapes. Since we arrived it has been an action packed adventure. First day in we went straight up into the Andes to learn how to ride horses the Gaucho way. We arrived at our host family home that was a very very secluded home at about 2000 meters up in the mountains north of Mendoza. This family chose to live the traditional life style of a Gaucho Family. The home was very small and they lived quite a subsistence lifestyle, which was very refreshing to see in this overly busy world.
Upon our arrival they cooked us a delicious breakfast made from everything they grew and raised on their little farm and it was divine. After breky and drinking the traditional MATE drink we made our way down to the corral to chose our horse for the days ride up into Andes. I of course picked a young horse that was spirited as myself, and boy did we have a good time with each other trying to delegate who was the BOSS. Every time I wanted to get him to go off the trail to explore a bit off the beaten track, he decided he would pretend that when I pulled the reins to one side he would twist his head back to the center and just keep walking where he wanted to go. So after about the first hour I let him win. Then after that I fought him to hell and back and he finally gave in and realized that I was not going play games any more then we got on great. "I think in all reality when we stopped for the first break and I gave him 2 apples then he decided he liked me." From then on we were galloping and rounding up others horses with Dan or Gaucho Guide with the condors circling over head and the guanacos looking at us from high above.
Dan the Gaucho man on top of the world!
Gaucho Tack Shop.
Ready to ride.
Guanacous grazing high above us.
Condor circling over head.
My Brave Heart Impersonation. Take a look at how unimpressed Tonka my horse was.
Luna decided that when we stopped for lunch that she would give Tonka a nice braid. I think this pissed him off even more.
Dan at work rounding up the horses and ringing them off the mountain back to the ranch.
Inside a Gaucho home in the Andes.
My Transformation into the Gaucho life.
Kids loving the ride!