Slow, Steady Progress

I’ve now been out of the hospital a few days and am seeing improvement each day – it’s a slow process, but I am now confident that I’m over the hump and will eventually get back to normal.  At this point, we have no idea when I may be able to travel.  We aren’t sure what will happen but are considering the possibility of John and the boys heading out without me and I’ll catch up later in a bus.  We just don’t know yet.

Seeing as how we are stuck in such a lovely place, we’ve been taking time to go see a few of the places around here.  I only have a couple hours of energy each day, but it’s enough to get out of the hotel anyway.

Yesterday we visited a goat cheese factory.
At a goat cheese factory

While Daryl was busy taking notes about how they care for the goats, the goats were busy chewing on his shirt.

Goats chewing on DAryl's shirt

The rest of us were cracking up!

We were cracking up!

On our way back to the hotel, our hotel owner Susana, stopped by the cinija factory so we could see how they made the massive wine or water urns.

cinija factory

It takes about two months of building up layer upon layer of clay to make the urn, then another two or three months of drying before it’s ready to be finished.  Once they smooth the surface, they fire it in a kiln for five days, then another four days of cooling before it’s ready to be used.

finishing the surface of the urn

I couldn’t believe how strong they were – the boys were climbing all over and in them, but nobody seemed concerned in the least.

Davy and DAryl


Davy and Susana

Me and boys with cinijas

Today John and the boys headed out for a hike to some waterfalls in a canyon near town.

Hiking near Cafayate

Hiking near Cafayate

Hiking near Cafayate

Hiking near Cafayate

Hiking near Cafayate

Hiking near Cafayate

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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4 Responses to Slow, Steady Progress

  1. Janneke October 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    So good to see you’re out and about again. Take it one day at a time and you’ll recover soon enough. I don’t know what altitude you’re in at the moment but the lower the better. Gives the lungs more oxygene ie better chance to heal up as you don’t have to labour for breath.

  2. Colleen October 23, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    Just think – if you hadn’t had to slow down this much, you would have missed those sights and would have breezed right through the area. I know you’re in a hurry, but I’m glad you’re finding ways to enjoy your enforced break. Take care of yourself!

  3. Everest Base Camp Trek October 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    really delighted to read your post! pictures are well caputred and eye catching! thumbs up!

  4. Tracy Burns October 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    So glad to hear you’re getting better. And at least it looks like you’re in a lovely place to rest. Love the shirt eating goat story!

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