Showing posts from December, 2017

El Calafate, Argentina, December 31, 2017

I had another great sleep in a dorm!  There were only 3 of us so it was like our own hotel room.  The wind howled all night so I was glad I was where I was.  We have a short drive today - only 212 km.  Those of us sitting in the back have a pool going to guess what time we'll get there.  It passes the time-

The first part of today is along the route we took before so the view is the same but so beautiful it deserves more pictures-

We stopped at Hotel La Leona because it's where Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid and his wife Helen Page hid in 1905 for a few days after they robbed the Bank of London and Tarapaca in Rio Gallegos.  I had no idea Butch Cassidy was a real human.  I'm pretty sure I saw the movie but thought he was just a Hollywood creation-

In the late 1800s, a raft was built across La Leona River to allow settlers, their animals and merchandise to travel between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.  It was used until the bridge was built in 1974-

The lakes along the way are s…

El Chalten, Argentina, December 30, 2017

This morning I woke up to sunshine and little wind so decided to do a hike, trek, walk - whatever you want to call it.  The Miriam Webster dictionary defines hike as "to travel by any means" and trek as "to make one's way arduously" and walk as "to go on foot for exercise or pleasure".  So, with all of that in mind, I went on a walk to see the peaks of Fitz Roy-

The views along the way-

These round green shrubs grow everywhere and are prickly to the touch so not edible for animals-

From the Mirador Del Fitz Roy which is 4 km from the gate-

There are rushing streams-

and a tent city 8 km from the gate-

where there is also a warning about the wind-

I kept walking until I reached this rocky river-

and decided not to cross the bridge.  I was pretty tired by this time and I didn't like the idea of walking through these big rocks.  I turned around at about 8.5 km-

There's also scrub brush along the way-

and this crazy Magellanic woodpecker who wasn't both…

El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina, December 29, 2017

It was another long drive -600 km so we left at 6 am.  Our group has been so good at respecting the times and being ready to go, usually early-

Driving through Patagonia is sooooo boring.  It's the same thing over and over: a whole lot of nothing-

and more nothing!!

Excellent pavement would all of a sudden be gravel and with the truck, the best we can manage is about 30 km/hour.  It takes forever.  There has been a lot of rain in a few areas.  The river was very  swollen.  Glad we weren't camping around here-

The men out for a pee-

Two guanaco caught in the act-

As we finally approached El Chelten, we could see a glacier and this lake with floating blue icebergs-

An armadillo crossed the road so we stopped for a look-

Beautiful mountains really carved close to El Chelten-

Another glacier-

I've upgraded again - it's about 9 degrees with a strong wind and a slight drizzle.  Good for me I say!  I'm planning on attempting the Fitz Roy hike in the morning, at least to stage 1 whi…

El Bolsón to a bush camp, December 27- 28, 2017

I spent a quiet day at El Bolsón, however, I couldn't resist going for another steak!  This time, rather than just 2 of us, there were 10!  I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!

I've seen something like this before-

Weibke and I bought our tickets for the Sambadrome Parade in Rio at the Carnival.  I hope it's as good as "they" say!
We had an early start today- 6 am, so that meant that I moved into a dorm last night.  It's easier crawling out of a bed rather than packing up a tent!  I had a terrible sleep, in fact it felt like I didn't sleep at all.  5 am couldn't come soon enough!
In the dark and in my sleep walking after breakfast, I think I forgot my coffee pot at the campsite!   Not the end of the world but it will change my mornings!
We have over 1000 km to drive in 2 days as we head further south into Patagonia-

Along the way there were mountains-

But mainly miles and miles and miles of nothing-

Towns are few and far between-like an hour and a half ap…