Patagonia March 2012

“I climbed a path and from the top looked up-stream towards Chile. I could see the river, glinting and sliding through the bone-white cliffs with strips of emerald cultivation either side. Away from the cliffs was the desert. There was no sound but the wind, whirring through thorns and whistling through dead grass, and no other sign of life but a hawk, and a black beetle easing over white stones.”
― Bruce ChatwinIn Patagonia

What way to start my long overdue post than a quote from one of the great travel writers of our time. I cannot better those words.

My itinerary: Flew from Buenos Aires to el Calefate, spent a day at the Benito Moreno glacier and then a bunch of time at the Torres del Paine Park and then boarded a boat and cruised from Punta Arenas, round Cape Horn, to Ushaiuia and then back to Buenos Aires.

On my way across the border between Chile and Argentina, my friends and I stopped to pay homage to Gauchito Gil (read more about his legend here Gauchito Gil) – we brought him a delicious beer as an offering for help & safe passage on our journey (and he came through!). The following pictures are just some of my shots – please enjoy – amazing weather (didn’t have to wear my waterproof pants very much – not a fan of the waterproof pant but a fan of being dry for sure) and well, amazing trip.

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really a lion and less of cow

Today, I booked my air tickets to Argentina and Chile and all I can do since I pressed the button to buy is smile and smile.

I am an admitted addict and will never ever be finished with my exploration of our blue planet. I have been trying to be brave in my little, lovely wintery town but the sameness was getting me down. That in hand with some family sadness and personal challenges, well, it’s gets a gal wondering and I need a lot more wandering, a lot less wondering in life. I do truly believe the fact that I have been able to see so much of the world is a true gift, a mix of luck & lifestyle choice and maybe a devil may care attitude about my finances that keeps me working a day job instead of being on the road 24/7. Regardless of all of that, I am always hungry, greedy, restless for new places.

I am headed south for three and 1/2 weeks  – won’t possibly be enough time but it will have to do for now. My lottery numbers still haven’t hit so I’ll take what I can get.