Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tarma trip

On Friday the 14th we, as a family, left for the mountain city of Tarma. The city is located at 10,000 feet above sea level. The children thought we were going to Lima on Friday and then on to Tarma, little did they know we had a few surprises planned to break up the trip. On Friday we ate lunch ate a ocean beach area 2 1/2 hours from home. The car speedometer quick working on this stretch of the trip, since our gas gauge was also out of order we used that to know when we needed gas, needless to say we made frequent stops for gas and rarely needed to fill up with more than 1/2 a tank. Anyway, we then headed to the city of Casma where we spent the night. Since it is farther inland it was warm and we were able to swim in their pool. Saturday we headed to Lima but stopped at a forest reserve along the way and hiked. Since it has been very foggy lately the mountains were very green. David said he had never seen it so green before. Sunday was also spent in the Lima area. Monday we headed towards Tarma having McDonalds for lunch. We arrived in the city of the flowers around 5:30. This trip took us over a 16,000 feet pass. We were up at the tops of the mountains, here we saw the snow peaked mountains, beautiful!

Mountains around Chancay, green!

16,000 feet pass. Cold and little oxygen.

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