Wet and Wild

On Monday, we flew three hours from Buenos Aires to El Calafate then took a three hour car ride even further south to El Chalten – the trekking capital of Argentina.  It’s a small, remote town in Glacier National Park that’s truly near the bottom of the world which explains why the power goes out intermittently (and it did).

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The sunny drive to El Chalten.

The sunny drive to El Chalten.

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It’s good that the weather during the drive was beautiful because once we got to El Chalten, there was no sun to be found.  We had two days of temps in the 40s, 60 mph winds, and LOTS of rain.  In spite of all of that, we did manage to do one very wet hike to a waterfall on Day One. 

“Don't go chasing waterfalls” (TLC, 1994). Sorry, TLC – but, when in Patagonia…

“Don't go chasing waterfalls” (TLC, 1994). Sorry, TLC – but, when in Patagonia…

But, by Day Two, it was simply unsafe (none of us wanted to be blown off of a mountain) so we hunkered down at the lodge and relaxed.  That’s what vacations are for right? 

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We went to a local supermercado and bought lunch fixin’s plus we had Aubrey’s leftover lamb from Fuegia - a shockingly great restaurant where we ate dinner both nights.  (Pat, she really is your niece – in addition to loving leftovers, she even travels with her own plastic bags.)  After our indoor picnic, we had the El Chalten Pensante (Scrabble) Championship of the World. Michael won this fierce competition in the last round.

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It was a nice, quiet day and now we’re rested and ready to get back to a sunnier spot (hopefully).  Tomorrow, we’ll drive back to El Calafate where we hear the hiking is spectacular and there will be glaciers involved.  And, hopefully we’ll see some “guanacos” – a cousin of the llama.