Into the Mountains

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“I gave my heart to the mountains the minute I stood beside this river with its spray in my face and watched it thunder into foam, smooth to green glass over sunken rocks, shatter to foam again.  I was fascinated by how it sped by and yet was always there; its roar shook both the earth and me.”

Wallace Stegner, American novelist, historian, and environmentalist

The roar was the river that we slept beside and the waterfall we climbed up to and down into during our two nights and three days at Corral del Agua.  Our host Rodrigo Sugg taught us about the origins of  peoples in America’s southern hemisphere, and we walked to a very small Mapuche town center to witness the progress that can be achieved when a community bands together to organize for sustainable development.

The thundering pulse at the base of this falls can only be described as breathtaking multiplied by a million!  It was at the intimidating and totally exhilarating at the same time.  The experience not only reinforced our prior lessons about the power of nature and the need to connect with that power, but helped us reflect upon the force that can build when individuals unite and push for change even in the face of seemingly overwhelming resistance.

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