Thursday, December 15, 2016

rest stop

“I pictured a low timber house with a shingled roof, caulked against storms, with blazing log fires inside and the walls lined with all the best books, somewhere to live when the rest of the world blew up.” Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia
Torres del Paine is extraordinary.
This is the view from my room. Really,
The park is filled with wildlife. Elusive pumas. Adorable herds of guanaco. And most startlingly, a flock of Patagonian flamingoes. I didn't get a picture of them so you'll have to settle for ducklings.
 The lagoons are turquoise from rich minerals flowing down from the glaciers.
Rugged peaks. Nearly everyone on the bus was planning on hiking the W, one of two loops around the park, from Refugio to Refugio.
Unfortunately the internet at my hosteria runs at 1990s speeds. But that's allowed me to watch the clouds clearing and talk to the Spanish tour guides who've just finished 10 days of hardcore hiking in the backcountry.