Friday, December 15, 2017

Pan de Azucar National Park south to Guanaqueros, Chile, December 14 - 15, 2017

We're heading to Santiago with a 2 night stop over on the beach in Guanaqueros.  Along the coast, the mornings are usually misty and cloudy-


Eventually it clears up-



We stopped in La Serena to shop at Lider, which is Walmart in South America.  What an awesome store!  I got a few bottles of Casillero Del Diablo wine for $7.59 each!  I still can't believe I've come all this way only to drink the same wine as I can drink at home!

We arrived at our campsite in beautiful sunshine, set up our tents and cook group made supper - fresh fish from Pan de Azucar.  I had a pretty good sleep in my tent: it was very quiet and calm.

This morning, Friday, I awoke to wind, grey skies and mist.  Luckily Weibke rented a cabin so I can hang out here for the day, or at least until it clears off and warms up.  We're steps from a pool and the beach, so hopefully.....  

I try to read the Star Phoenix every day, although with sporadic wifi, it's not always possible.  Today, John Gormley quotes Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive who hits the nail on the head when he says...

"We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.  The short term dopamine driven, feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works:  no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.  This is a global problem.  We curate our lives around this perceived sense of perfection, because we get rewarded in these short-term signals- hearts, likes, thumbs up- and we conflate that with value and we conflate it with truth.  It is fake, brittle, popularity that's short term and leaves you even more vacant and empty than before you did it". 

I see this happening with my group on the truck.  So many people are on their devices, a lot of the time.  One might think I am too, but if I wasn't working on this blog, after checking my email, I'm pretty much done.  I worry for our future!

The restaurant, down by the beach, has excellent wifi.  The view from there - I don't think I'm going to be using one of these shelters today-



It did eventually clear up and I wandered by the pool and to the beach.  Not much happening here.  Looking forward to Santiago tomorrow.  

P,S,  Helping with chores-


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