2019: A year in pictures

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I didn’t spend any time writing this year, except to friends and family which is really a tragic shame that I have to spend some time on to make sense of why that was so, not for you dear reader. Today, I was googling artists and writers that spend time doing what appeared to be nothing to give myself some comfort – most of the stories weren’t really so positive so I knocked that off and here I am. I can just say that sometimes all the stories in my head are so loud and twisted together, I can’t make just one stand alone – maybe this next year, I can get better at that? Here’s hoping.

Good news, while I have a boatload of cliches about this past twelve months, I am going to spare you all most of that and save them for my own time. I will just state clearly that the path to my next decade seems to have gone from rocky and directly uphill an endless trail in the dark woods, to a gradual climb above the tree line with a summit in sight, with amazing views and terrifying drop offs on the side of trail. I am almost there and the last ten years have for once, looking back, been more of the making of me than the breaking of me. I am braver, smarter, wiser than I was ten years ago. I am also more humble, more willing to laugh at myself and no longer trying to make sense immediately of all the lessons. I figure they’ll explain themselves in time. People have come, they have gone and come back and I expect they will all continue to do that. My constants are like redwoods, tall, strong, reliable and mostly indestructible.

I celebrate that more than you all could know and today, simply just enjoy a small glimpse into the past 12 magical months, before I start planning, sharing and WRITING more about 2020. Just breathing in what just happened. It was a year of so much – there was death, new beginnings, challenges, joy and a lot of love.

On this fourth day of the new year, wishing you all happy days on the trail of life, may the year be kind, joyful and if it sends you challenges, may you be brave, fearless and strong.

Buenos Aires, March 2012

Lion

As I sort through all the wires, converters, lenses today, preparing for my next journey – here are some pictures of Buenos Aires. Alas, my camera was on the fritz… so just a few to share.

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Countdown to India: 29 days

Patagonia March 2012

Lion

“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

Lion

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.