From riding horses like the wind to riding water slides as fast as can be… Our next stop was Salto, the land of thermals in Northern Uruguay. Thermals are pockets of hot water that bubble out of the earth because of uneven heating under the earth’s crust. We spent hours each day relaxing and playing in the water. Since we were in the land of the thermals there were lots of hot springs and water parks.
On Valentine’s Day mom and dad surprised us with tickets to the biggest water park ever. There was a lazy river, pirate ships, rafts, a flying fox and awesome water slides. My favorite was the one that took us slowly at first and then dropped us strait down from 0 to 100.
It was insanely fun.
We were then off to who knows where and again we had no reservations, we were just going to wing it. While we were driving along we saw a beautiful estancia that Mom had read about and decided it would be nice to stop and take a look. We loved what we saw so we decided to spend the next two nights. We even went for an amazing horseback ride that night at sunset. We rode through this yellow field that was just gorgeous. On our next ride we saw a little pile of white hair on the ground and learned from the gaucho that it was a baby cow that had been born just a couple of hours earlier. He was so cute. He stumbled as he walked and nestled up to his mother.
The next day we milked a cow. It was a bit tricky at first but once you got the hang of it was really fun.
After a hard day of work on the ranch there was pool with a terrific diving board to play on. We had a contest and came up with some really creative jumps.
My favorite was the twirl. After three days at the historic La Paz we hit the road again with no reservations hoping to find something special in Carmelo, a pretty town along the River Uruguay.