Monthly Archives: December 2011

Torres del Paine to El Calafate

Dec 31 – Sat. Although the wind has subsided, we are breathing smoke consistently in the camp now. The wind direction changed so the fire will be pushed backward where it has already used the available fuel. Hopefully this will … Continue reading

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Torres del Paine – Day 4

Dec 30 -Fri. Last night we continued to receive gale force winds with no break. We woke to smells of smoke and visual banks of smoke hugging the mountains. By 9:30 we knew that our trip to the eastern glaciers … Continue reading

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Torres del Paine – Day 3

Dec 29 – Thur. The news of the fire in the National Park is not encouraging. Although the winds have died down this morning, the reports are for 75-100 mph winds this afternoon. The “W” and “O” trails are closed. … Continue reading

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Torres del Paine – Day 2

Dec 28 – Wed. The sun comes up early but we manage to catch up on sleep until 8 AM. Reminder, this is our vacation so we are entitled to a few mornings of leisure: drinking coffee, relaxing, etc. We … Continue reading

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Torres Del Paine – Day 1

Dec 27 – Tues. It was a long night. We arrived in the Chilean Punta Arenas Airport around 12:20 pm. We are really down south now – 51 lat south (SF is 42 lat north). Our pickup was a drama … Continue reading

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Aria Amazon River Trip – Day 3 (1/2)

Dec 26 – Mon. You guessed it, the rain continued all night and there was no let up this morning. Fortunately the crew altered our plans and decided to cruise on up the river to the confluence of two major … Continue reading

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Aria Amazon River Trip -Day 2

Dec 25 – Sun. We have an early morning excursion to look for more monkeys, birds and wildlife. Immediately we spot a pair of macaws setting up housekeeping in a dead palm tree. As we turn into a small channel … Continue reading

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