Saturday, March 29, 2008

High - keep calm - it's HIGH

What a challenge.
High by drugs, high as is . whatever- My choice is a mix: Beeing high by the lack of Air, Travel and Nature.

First time we went to Northern Chile - in 1995 - we had to explore the new snowless road connection between Chile and Argentina (ending in Antofogasta at the Pacific Coast - we did drive some hours on the Argentinian side in December 2007 - Silver Wedding - but not higher than 4.170 meter).
You might know that Argentina and Chile is divided by the mighty Andes. In the South very rainful. In the North: Dryest place on Planet Earth. The Atacama desert.

We descided to drive up to the highest point of the road. (The local map said 5400 meters above Sea Level - 17716.5 Feet) We did see Birds ( Pink Flamingoes in Bolivia, so close we were to the frontier, at the Green Lake) and other animals that only lives in this arrid area. That will be another post - need to scan

I took some photos and fainted due to lack of Air.
(Photos taken at an elevation over than 5000 meters a-s-l
Volcanoes and mountains around here is from 5800 to 6200 m a s -l
- Can you breath? Yess - but don't run)
But, as you know, I'm still allive. One thing I did learn:

Respect the:

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Blogger Powell River Books said...

What stark beauty. It almost has a lunar or Mars appearance. Come see my high vistas from up the lake at - Margy

March 29, 2008 10:59 pm  
Blogger starnitesky said...

I saw the flamingos on a documentary programme last week, it certainly is a very high place. Wonderful that you could visit.

March 29, 2008 11:34 pm  
Anonymous claudie said...

It looks like another planet, so high! I imagine your feelings in the middle of these fabulous landscapes!

March 29, 2008 11:58 pm  
Blogger alisonwonderland said...

nice photos! and quite an experience getting them!

thanks for stopping by!

March 30, 2008 1:05 am  
Blogger Vickie said...

Breath Taking! I'm glad you got this picture before you passed out from lack of air. lol :)

March 30, 2008 1:42 am  
Blogger lime said...

you are so right about that warning. when i was in the airport in la paz just walking 100 m and dragging my little wheeled carry-on bag made me huff and puff like i was trying to run a marathon!

did you try mate de coca for your soroche?

March 30, 2008 1:58 am  
Blogger napzhappi said...

wow, love the mountain view, heck I just love nature. Beautiful pic.

March 30, 2008 3:48 am  
Blogger Desert Diva said...

Breathtaking - literally!

March 30, 2008 3:59 am  
Blogger Maribeth said...

Hubby and I once drove over a very high pass in Idaho in our motor coach and all of our potato chip bags popped!

March 30, 2008 12:48 pm  
Blogger Michelle said...

I think it would be so glorious to get high and see the world! O would love to be able to travel one day and just see EVERYTHING!

March 30, 2008 7:05 pm  
Blogger Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Beautiful photo of the mountains! The air must be very thin up that high. Great choice for the Hunt! :)

March 30, 2008 7:26 pm  
Blogger Katney said...

Yes, much higher than mine. We found it difficult to hike when we went to Great Basin National PArk when the trail started about 10,000feet (about 3,000 meters). I think your tour is best done by car.

March 30, 2008 8:10 pm  
Blogger Fleur de Lisa said...

If you don't respect the high, the high will always get you!

March 31, 2008 11:32 pm  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I am getting high right now from the fumes of verathane on our reno project floors! Luckily, this is the last coat! It is 11 C today and we can open the doors for a bit!
Lots of rain lately and the snow is finally receding! This is the first Tues. since Nov. that my husband is not skiing after teaching his class close to ski country club!!!

April 01, 2008 5:52 pm  
Blogger katztales said...

Looks gorgeous. Bet you're missing the cats though! Happy COT.

April 02, 2008 7:54 am  
Blogger Ginnie said...

That's almost like being on the space shuttle, Tor! :) Wow. That's high.

April 02, 2008 4:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an incredible experience! I enjoyed the photos.

April 04, 2008 6:05 am  

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