Eerie Patagonian Sunsets & Stunning Terroir!

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Inside The Parque Nacional de Los Galciares at Lago Roca. (Glacier National Park, Rock Lake)

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Estancia Anita. Ranch en route to the lake.

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The vast Patagonian Steppe.


The solitary and windswept Andes.

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Tomorrow we make haste to Ushuaia and the incredible splendor of The Beagle Channel, still in Patagonia, but also the most southern city in the world! Wildlife abounds here in incredible numbers. This will be a return trip for us and this time we are staying for a full week. So please stay tuned & cheers to all!

Off Roading Patagonia Style!

Today, Jim and I decided to take a very rough 60 kilometer dirt road, in our really, ummm, modest, compact, rental chevy-something. We wanted to see a lake called Lago Roca. Lago Roca is in the Parque Nacinonal Los Glaciares. (We drove through Kruger National Park in a really cheap rental car also. Jim likes this.)

Tourists rarely venture here. On the drive up, we encountered no traffic, until confronted by this surprising oncoming traffic flying at us at a rather irresponsible velocity. Clearly they were not adhering to the 30 KPH posted speed limit! We had no options but to slam on the brakes! The nerve of some, errrrr………horses!

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Gorgeous, free ranging Patagonian horses were everywhere!

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Did I mention, you might want to come here????

Parque Nacional los Glaciares Patagonia South America!

The Glaciers National Park is in Calafate Patagonia. The Hielo Continental (ice cap) covers approximately 8000 square miles. The National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Perito Moreno Glacier shown in these photos is 2 miles wide and rises 165 feet above the surface of Lago Argentina. It is a spectacular sight!


Here is the Glacier calving!


Here is more, with a Condor Flying!


The vast majority of non-Southern Amercan toruists come by tour bus, which loses you the oppportunity to drive at leisure all over the park, seeing everything, without a handler and people you don’t know. We flew into Calafate and rented a car and can visit gorgeous Pataglonia on our own. Highly recommend.


How can ice be so beautiful?


The Birds of Patagonia! WOW!


Cinereous Harrier! The South American Harrier! These are stunning raptors that fiercely defend their nests. I got dove at today, inches from my head, which seriously got our attention. In a few photos you will see why. I ducked but was never afraid. It was a warning, establishing dominance. They then let me stay and take many photos! They have the second largest tail feather to body ratio in the bird kingdom and these babies can fly! I found five contiguous (joined together) feathers from the Harrier that I will post at the end. These joined together tail feathers were lost in an aerial conflict. We saw many of these sparrings. Sachem told me (see prior post) that these birds have significant spiritual meaning in many Native American cultures, and he dreamed that I would find these feathers. Check out his blog & my prior post about this! It is fascinating.



He certainly knows I am here, doesn’t he?


See junior Harriet! The source of all the protection!


And here are my tail feathers which I will keep with me always!


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Please excuse me for not staying up to date on your blogs. There is no time! I will catch up with all of your posts when I return. Cheers!

Why Go To Patagonia? First the Flora & The Environment!!


The Town of El Calafate Sheltered By The Andes and Abutting Lago Argentina, the Second Largest Lake in Argentina. It is Glacier Fed by the Andes!



Okay, I’m Cheating a Bit. Here are Flamingos and Flora & Environment!



I’ll Leave You With Some Sunshine & Flora! But…..Next Post Immediately Following? Fauna!!!


South America, Patagonia and Antarctica~


This was our most epic trip, so we did it twice, in 2008 and 2013! The Antarctica component was nothing short of surreal. A trip to Antarctica begins by departing Ushuaia Argentina by ship and crossing the infamous Drake Passage. Wandering and Giant Albatross began following our wake as soon as we entered the passage and wildlife is viewed up close and personal 24/7 in Antarctica. Upon entering the passage, skuas landed on the ship and stayed for days. Minke Whales, orcas, grey whales, leopard seals, crab eater seals and penguins were not only seen every day, but the deeper one gets into Antarctica, the more curious and fearless they are. Whales were continuously spy hopping alongside the ship watching us with their huge eyes, curious and very unafraid.

Growlers and icebergs, and stupendous tabular bergs (some as big as Rhode Island) became our constant companions for the next eight days as we explored the peninsula. It was very cold, but clear, unbelievably pristine, with fantastic visibility. 16 hour days were the norm in Antarctica with brief breaks taken to eat, use the bathroom and sleep, all of which were done grudgingly. In 2008 we learned that just over 100,000 people had visited Antarctica making it the most pristine, untouched place anyone will ever see on the surface of the planet. Huge fields of snow and ice that have never been marred by human contact are everywhere. It is ethereal and otherworldly. We also had an ice pilot who navigated us through the bergs and growlers, and lectured us on how he achieved this amazingly difficult feat. Everyday we watched his eerie skill with wonder.

A biologist who was a penguin expert gave fascinating spontaneous lectures about the wildlife as it appeared.

We saw penguins by the 100’s of thousands.
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In Antarctica we visited the volcanic and warm Elephant Island. We saw Shackleton’s winter shelter and navigated the treacherous Lemaire Channel clogged with shifting ice and fierce winds. We visited the often-impassable Paradise Bay in the sunshine and explored countless bays and channels. We visited a scientific station and had the scientists attempt and succeed a very risky boarding operation by zodiac in high winds and rough seas. We wittnessed leopard seals hunt penguins causing them to leap out of the ocean like burnt toast from a toaster. They usually were toast too, once the leopard seals had them in their sights. When they caught the penguins, the leopards would shake them like rag dolls, effectively skinning them before swallowing them whole.

We skirted a Japanese whaler in close proximity for several days that was hunting Minke whales which was quite dismaying, especially since the animals were so curious and had little fear of humans.

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Our luck held out for the entire Antarctica experience as we had spectacular weather the entire time. The Drake Passage is the roughest ocean passage in the world and can be terrifying to cross. Rarely, it is calm as glass. When it is calm it is called the Drake Lake, and this is how both passages were for us.

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Leaving Drake on the return trip, we entered the spectacular, glaciated, Beagle channel, teeming with wildlife.

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We got off the ship and spent time in gorgeous Ushuaia on the Beagle Channel,

ethereal El Calafate,
and wonderful South American cities like Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
We closed our trips with four nights at the spectacular Iguazu Falls.
We understand that increasing tourist restrictions are being implemented in Antarctica. So, if you want to go, don’t tarry too long, you will be so glad to have this seen this incredible, unspoiled part of our planet, before it is ever altered by global warming.