Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We Saw the Nasca Lines This Week

The McGinns and their niece were here in Nasca Monday morning.  We met up with them at their hotel (The Casa Andina) and waited for our ride to take us to the airport.  

We were scheduled with AeroNasca for their first flight of the morning. It's about $80-100 (depending on the season) per person and there is a fee you have to pay just to be out at the airport.

Not much wait time out at the airport.  They weighed us and got us right out to our flight.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that Manuel was the co-pilot for the flight.  He has been to our English class here in Nasca.  

The pilots did a great job.  They circled the plane so that passengers on each side would be able to see all the lines.  They would put the wing right above the figure so it would be easy to find.

The Nasca Valley from a little different perspective than we're used to.

The Colibri (Hummingbird) 96 meters
The Astronauta (astronaut) measures 32 meters.  Isn't he cute?

Selfie time in the plane.

After the flight, Manuel asked if Curt would like to get in the pilot seat.  He said no but I thought it would be a fun photo - he wasn't hard to convince.

Pres. McGinn gets his turn in the pilots seat.

A picture with our entire group.

After our fun filled morning, we met up with the Hermanas and took them out to eat at La Encantada.

I like this wrinkly cactus.  It's on the upstairs balcony at the restaurant.

We jumped on one of the buses heading towards Ica.  For just a few soles, the buses will drop you off and pick you up at the Nasca Lines lookout tower.  A much cheaper way to see the lines (and  you don't get motion sick).  You can see three figures from the tower.

This is the view of the Arbol (Tree) from the lookout tower.  It's 70 meters long.  

Another selfie?!?

We now have a metal door!  If you count the deadbolts, there are 8 locks on the three doors getting into our house. Feeling a bit safer now.
Curt had picked up strawberries for me so I dehydrated and froze some while we were home for the day.

We headed up to Lima on Thursday.  We stayed at a nice hotel in Mira Flores and enjoyed some time together relaxing.

We spent some time (and money) at the Inka Market.  

Don Quixote?

Cute stuffed llama.  Most of the merchandise is either made of silver or alpaca wool.

This might show my age since I think the commercial was from the 1980's but ... Dunkin Donuts - It's worth the trip!

A little nod to our West Texas friends.  We found a Chili's in Lima and all their decor was about Terlingua and the chili cookoffs (although nothing about the goat).

Kennedy Park in Mira Flores.  It's beautifully maintained and we love that people actually always use the parks here.

Which one is me?  There's free wifi in a few spots here in Kennedy Park.  This park is known for its cats.  People can come once a year and adopt cats that live here in the park.
Heading from Mira Flores to La Molina to spend the night there and then meet up with our district who are traveling up for a temple trip.

We were able to stay in the Alburgue (temple housing).  What a wonderful view from our room!

I'm supposed to be doing something?!?  5 more minutes?
Pres. Galagarza from the Vista Alegre Branch and his new bride from Mexico.

Gloria and Ronald were sealed in the temple for time and eternity. 

 The country doesn't recognize church weddings so they get married civilly and then the following day they can come to be sealed in the temple.

We met a couple of members at the bus terminal.  They had traveled up from Arequipa to attend the temple.  It's about a 16 hour bus ride,one way so I'm guessing they'll be pretty glad when their temple gets built!

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