On Sunday morning, I woke up to a flurry of Whatsapp messages and photos because something special had happened : It has snowed in England, in December.
For some of you who live in certain parts of the Northern Hemisphere, snow in December is probably nothing unusual. But, despite what many people think, it actually doesn’t snow very often in England, especially not in London and especially not in December. I scrolled through the images that I had been sent, as well as the Instagram shots only to feel a bit disappointed that the snow hadn’t waited just a few more days until I was home! (T-12 at the time of posting)
Luckily, the disappointment didn’t last too long as we were off on a Sunday adventure, which also involved snow. We were going to Monumento Natural El Morado in Cajon del Maipo, just outside of Santiago. This park had been on our radar for a long time but, it had been closed for a good few months. However, it just reopened again in November meaning it was the perfect chance to go along.
We hopped in the car for a 2 hour drive to the park as the sun was beating down outside, with temperatures to reach 33 later that day. We layered on the suncream and set off for a view of the glacier, the lake (and of course, the theme of the day: Snow!) Very quickly, we could already spy our final destination in the distance, we just had to follow the path, and the bluest sky you could imagine!Within a few minutes, we realised just how hot it was and the fact that there was no shade at all on this trek, none! But, with views as pretty as these, it became easier to focus on these rather than the beating sun.After about two hours, we arrived to the lake with it’s beautiful reflections and the perfect view of the glacier. Just being by the water made us feeler cooler.It was the perfect spot for a quick picnic lunch, a chance to reapply suncream and drink our body weight in water. It was so peaceful and tranquil and all of the views were picture perfect!
And as the trek ended, we said a last cheers to our last hike of the season in and around Santiago. Until Autumn and cooler temperatures, mountains…
Were you enjoying the snow this weekend or soaking up the sun?