It is Father’s Day in Canada BUT not in Brazil. Dia dos Pais is celebrated in August not in June. Because we will be in China in August, we are celebrating Father’s Day June 16th.
FIRST, we want to wish our Dads a VERY Special Day!!! We love you so much and are thankful for all the help, encouragement and support you give us!
So…What did David want to do for Father’s Day?
Sleep in and RELAX! But then he changed his mind…
…and decided he wanted to CLIMB ANOTHER MOUNTAIN! Yep, and this time I went too!
The mountain to climb today…Morro do Couto. It is part of the mountain range, the Serra da Mantiqueira. The Morro do Couto is one of the LARGEST in Brazil and supposedly the 2nd highest peak in Rio de Janeiro state next to Pico das Agulhas Negras. Pico das Agulhas Negras is very awesome and majestic and if we were here longer that would be on David’s list to climb.
It is actually an easier hike than the last one David went on and so he wanted me to join him. I was a little hesitant, only because I am still dealing with the dizzy issues off and on. I am pretty much convinced that it is an altitude sickness (there is such a thing). Just looking at when it it occurs and how long it lasts and how my body reacts. Anyway, it was something I wanted to be sure I could do without having any issues. It’s so funny because I was also nervous about wildlife in the mountains ( snakes in particular) I have gone a year without seeing one in the wild in Itatiaia National park ( where there are supposed to be lots) and didn;t want it to happen on one of my last weekends. But…I decided to go ( just didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night)
Up early (5am), pack a lunch, dress warm cause it’s Fall and we are going in the mountains and off we went. We met Roberto and his girls and a friend of Roberto’s at the Graal and headed for the mountains. First stop, a little place just before the park entrance for a cup of coffee and a piece of cheese. We warmed our hands over the wood cook stove and then took the trail to the park entrance where we had to register before going any further.
One of my first questions to David’s friend and work colleague, Roberto, who is a certified guide and loves to mountain and rock climb was…in all the climbs you do, do you ever see any snakes? He laughed and said that YES, in Itatiaia, lower in the mountains by the waterfalls( where we usually go) there are snakes, but not up here because it is too high elevation. Phew! I relaxed right away and was ready to enjoy myself.
The hike and climb wasn’t too bad, the actual climb from the base of the peak to the peak was the worst with some tricky places but I never felt scared or unsafe. I knew that Roberto wouldn’t put his girls in danger so I felt better. There were a few places I was a little short of breath but that’s all. It was so worth the hike…the view is AMAZING and pictures can not capture what you see. I know now why David wanted me to see this for myself. Morro do Couto is actually higher than Prateleiras the mountain he climbed but from our mountain today, there were wonderful views of Prateleiras as well as the rock known as Tartaruga (Turtle rock), the one I would like to see more than anything.
Here are some pictures from our mountain climb
It was a wonderful way to spend Father’s Day with Roberto and his girls ( Gabriela and Emanuela) and his friend Ruaui (sp) ,who is our son Andrew’s age. We miss our kids so much on holidays so it was nice to be with a family.
To end our day and Father’s Day celebration, we had dinner at a new restaurant in Penedo, one that I knew David would love because his favorite cut of Brazilian beef is Picanha. Casa de Picanha would have to be good! It was delicious!!!
Happy Father’s Day!