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WINE WINE & MORE WINE- ARGENTINA STYLE

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OK this is why I really wanted to come to Argentina. For the wines are super!
This post is only pictures of the our 10 K biking trip around the wine region of Mendoza.
ENJOY!
PS. Yes I drank way to Much but it was worth it!!!!!
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This was me in the end of drinking wine at 7 different vineyards 1 day :)

Posted by studneski 09:18 Archived in Argentina Comments (1)

Life in the Desert of Argentina

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The day after the Gaucho experience we headed inland to the desert to explore. We ended up enjoying a fest of young bar-B-Q goat and learning the ways of the Huarpes Indians. Our host family showed us how to use a lasso, sling shot and throwing rope with 2 steel ball on the end to capture animals with called a Bolas.
After our training session we then proceeded to learn how to make craft with the wool and goat skin. Since the Argentinian desert is so dry the Huarpes live on goat since cattle can not survive there. And they use every bit of the goat.
It was able to help the men of the village cook the goat. It was very interesting.

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Hiking the Dunes.

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Getting ready to cook a goat

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Goat for dinner

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The feast.

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Small dog full after he ate the bones of the goat.

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Luna learning how to throw the Bolas. The local boy teaching Luna, was so scared that Luna would let go of the Bolas to soon and hit him, so he lay on the ground to make sure he did not get hit.

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Making bracelets out of goat skin.

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Weaving a gaucho belt.

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Old church and Truck. Church was build in the late 1800 out of straw and sod.

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Cooking desert.

Posted by studneski 08:40 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

Hanging with the Gaucho's in Argentina

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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.

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Dan the Gaucho man on top of the world!

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Gaucho Tack Shop.

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Ready to ride.

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Guanacous grazing high above us.

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Condor circling over head.

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My Brave Heart Impersonation. Take a look at how unimpressed Tonka my horse was.

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Luna decided that when we stopped for lunch that she would give Tonka a nice braid. I think this pissed him off even more.

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Dan at work rounding up the horses and ringing them off the mountain back to the ranch.

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Inside a Gaucho home in the Andes.

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My Transformation into the Gaucho life.

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Kids loving the ride!

Posted by studneski 08:13 Archived in Argentina Comments (1)

Northern Ecuador

Second day into Ecuador and the Jet leg is finally dissipating . The Clouds are socked in but the local sights are very interesting. So far this is defiantly the cheapest place I have travel to that FOOD is so CHEEP. Went out to a excellent restaurant with my family of 4 and ate like complete pigs and the bill was just under $50 US. This included 4 steak dinners, 4 deserts, 2 smoothys, &1 bottle of Chilean wine. YUM!

Whats u looking at

Whats u looking at


How Lucky can I get to get a picture of this guy on our second day up in the mountains.

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Surrounding area near our home stay.

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Ecuadorian road

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Sun God


Sun God

Local Swing

Local Swing


Local Swing

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Ecuador Lunch


Miss. Luna Happy after a huge dinner.

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Ecuador door


Local door

Dream Catchers

Dream Catchers


Mucho Dream Catchers

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Ecquador #1 111


Miles wanting to take a local Police mans bike for a ride

Cotacachi Back Street

Cotacachi Back Street


Cotacachi back street

Biking Ecudor

Biking Ecudor


Nice bikes

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Bird handler


Trying my hand at Bird handling

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home stay


Our home stay

Posted by studneski 17:54 Archived in Ecuador Comments (0)

Studneski Family Adventure 2015

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Aldermans_007.jpgBoat___Fireworks_018.jpgAldermans_008.jpgNext Chapter 2015,
Studneski Family is off again to explore Ecuador- Argentina - Chile - Costa Rica - Germany and to end up in Alaska.
This time we are on a photographic journey. We each have our cameras ready and looking to capture as much of each culture in our own ways.
Hope you all visiting our blog will enjoy our photgraphic & video stories along our journey.

Blue Skies

Posted by studneski 14:02 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

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