Hot Springs and Snow in Mendoza with a possibility of April 2013 George H. Crosby- Manitou State Park
The valley of Las Leñas is located in the Andean Mountain Range, only 70 kilometers away from the city of Malargüe and about 26 kilometers from the border with Chile. The striking framework of mountains and rivers that emerge from brooks embraces Las Leñas International Ski Center. It has first class accommodation, only comparable to the Mendoza’s 5 Stars Hotel. Besides, this resort assures snow for at least half a year, and all tourist services, including ATMs, pharmacies, and supermarkets. The base of the housing and service center of this small mountain village is located at 2,250 meters above the sea level. So it is a good alternative to stay in the city of Mendoza or in Malargüe and skiing in Las Leñas
Summertime in Las Leñas brings out the patterns of a charming landscape, bright sunshine, intact nature, exciting sceneries and the feeling of being even closer to the sky. In winter, the main activity is skiing in Las Leñas resort. Its 3,200 beds, shoppings, casino, cafes, discos and international restaurants make Las Leñas the most important ski center in South America.
At the west of Los Molles and 20 kilometers away from the Valley of Las Leñas, Valle Hermoso (Beautiful Valley) unfolds in the midst of amazing mountain massifs, crossed by Tordillo and Cobre (Cooper) Rivers. This place is only open to visit during summertime, when different water activities can be performed, as well as horseback riding to Noble Valley and sites of singular magnificence.
On the road to Valle Hermoso, and before getting to the Valley of Las Leñas, we can find Los Molles Thermal Resort, which is the main attraction of Malargüe, capable of seducing tourists driven by hot springs and skiing. It has quality hotels spread over three establishments. The earliest has excellent thermal baths, renowned for its therapeutic properties. In its two varieties are sulfur and ferrous pools with rest rooms, professional health control and other alternatives to deal with stress, such as massage and therapy options. This resort is open throughout the entire year. In winter the valley of Los Molles is one of the best places to stay near the International Center of Leñas.
Only 6 kilometers away from Los Molles lies the Pozo de las Ánimas (Well of the Souls), a unique geomorphologic shaping or “sinkhole.” The Pozo de las Ánimas is framed by two depressions that host on two mirrors of sweet and crystalline water. We can visit it all year round, during our stay at the Mendoza’s 5 Stars Hotel.
Testing out the new GoPro HD Hero 4 Black Edition at Seven Springs Ski Resort.
April 2013 George H. Crosby- Manitou State Park
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Look at that sky!
"Heidi, Girl of the Alps" was a Japanese anime adaptation of a Swiss novel from the 1880s, which I watched dubbed in English. In the novel, Clara is sickly and confined to a wheelchair. She visits Heidi and Peter in the Alps, and becomes strong on goat milk and the clean mountain air.
I’ve been sick for almost a month, coughing and hacking and feeling lazy and defeated because I haven’t been exercising or riding my bike. So I recruited a Peter to shuttle me to Lutsen for the weekend. He skied for two days, and I explored Temperance River State Park, and then hiked George H. Crosby- Manitou State Park.
Saturday started out treacherous. The roads were slick, and an oncoming truck swerved across my lane going 40 mph and ended up in the ditch. I waited for the sun to come out before I picked my way down to Temperance River. There was parking right off of 61, or you could pay for a day pass to park in the camp area on the east side of the highway by Lake Superior. I hiked along the west side of the river on the Superior Hiking Trail. I was the only one on that trail for the entire two hours I was hiking. I checked out Hidden Falls, and the gorge carved out by potholes. On the way back to the trail head I doubled back and noticed there was a small canine tracking me. I took the well-traveled path on the east side of the river and make a loop through the forest where I was the only person that had been through there in quite awhile. I came face to face with a large deer, and saw the alarm tails of a few others as they dashed away.
Sunday I took the Jeep and took an hour and a half to do what would have been a 40 minute drive in good conditions. The last 7 miles were on a rutted, unevenly-thawed, crushed limestone road. I only saw one other car, and I made the only tire tracks in the parking lot to the park.
I like snowshoes, and I enjoy trying to find un-groomed trails to take them out on. This was one of the few times that I have looked out at 4-6 inches of fresh snow and *needed* snowshoes! I strapped them on my feed, hiked up the road to the trail head, and proceeded to break every rule in the common sense guidebook to hiking.
1. Don’t hike alone.
2. Let someone know where you are going.
3. Never hike yourself into a spot where you can’t hike out.
4. Water. Snacks.
I had water and snacks, but I had no idea how long it was going to take me to do the 1.8 trail to the cascade overlook, and I had to get back to Lutsen by a certain time. I tried to pay attention to how long it was taking me to cover distances, but I stopped to take photos and have lunch so I was a little worried that I wouldn’t make it in time.
The sun was glorious and the wind blew through the trees on the ridge line above the gorge. I heard the gushing water almost a quarter-mile before I caught sight of it, but once I did I said out loud, "THIS WAS SO WORTH IT!" A pretty strenuous back country hike on snowshoes, by myself, through beautiful trees and trails. What could be better?
I’m feeling much better now, thank you.
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