Wondering why we’ve been quiet recently? Here are some clues as to what we’ve been up to.
A spherical panoramic sunrise view of Las Torres at Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia
Patagonia: another of those names that suggests a far-off land where the Earth bends and guys like Butch Cassidy and Che Guevara blazed iconic trails. For us, it now means a canvas of wind-stroked muted brush studded with glacier-fed lakes and massive hunks of uplifted granite.
We just finished trekking Torres del Paine National Park (the “W” for those of you familiar), camping in Chilean Patagonia for six days and tramping 100 kilometers across boulder-strewn hills and through rainbows, admiring the shape of nature and abiding a few notoriously violent Patagonian windstorms along the way.
After exiting the deep woods, we took in the Perito Moreno glacier outside of El Calafate — a glacier now so famous that it feeds the existence of El Calafate, once a frontier sheep town, now home to over 20,000.
At the moment, we have our eyes towards the hills and granite towers surrounding El Chalten, Argentina. After poking around, we’ll head north, snaking into and out of Chile and Argentina along Chile’s Carretera Austral and Argentina’s legendary Ruta 40.
More on the meaning of all this later. Stay tuned.