Everyone should have received their boxes by now. As I post this month, the items in the box will become much more meaningful. You should have a Chilean flag, a book, a fidget spinner made of copper, a rainstick, a Lapis stone, and Night Sky playing cards.
Chile is a beautiful country bordered by the Andes mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other with a small section bordering the South Atlantic Ocean. North to South the country is 4,270 km (2,653 mi) long. The width is narrow however with an average width of 110 miles. At the most narrow point it is only 40 miles wide!
My hint was “you would need to dress for cold weather if we left right now.” That is because Chile, a part of South America, is in the southern hemisphere. They are in their cold season when we are in our warm season. If you look at the way the earth tilts in relation to the sun at this time of the year, you can see why there is this difference in our seasons.
Chile has one of the driest places on earth, the Atacama desert. The mountains are so high that they block moisture-bearing clouds from this desert. Long stretches of rainless periods can pass in the region but when rain comes it can leave the desert floor covered with beautiful Mallow flowers, occurrences that can be many years apart.
Chile has active earthquakes. The biggest Earthquake of the 20th century occurred in Chile May 22, 1960. It was so strong that it showed that our whole earth can vibrate like a guitar string. The tsunamis that resulted from this quake hit Hawaii and Japan. The waves, traveling 200 miles per hour, landed on Hawaii nearly 15 hours after and Japan 22 hours after the quake. Can you imagine being a boat at sea and seeing that nearly 90 foot wave coming? I plan to post an in-depth explanation of the earthquakes and tsunamis this month.
The playing cards you received have constellations on them to remind you that Chile is the best place in the world to view the night skies. We will travel to the sites of scientific study of Astronomy and learn about their findings.
Every country we have been to has had very unique features….the biggest, the best, the driest,….. Do you get the feeling that every country has something very special for us to see and learn about? I do and I can’t wait to see where we go next.