(December 18 – written by “Just Dave”)
We already posted a blog today but then we had a photogenic afternoon that merited a quick second post. This afternoon’s photo excitement involved going to the local laguna here in El Calafate. It’s a short stroll from our apartment to the laguna. I went down there to see if there were any pink flamingos and boy did I get a treat. See below for more fun photos.
I also snapped a photo of calafate – the bush. It is sometimes called a blueberry but it is not what we know as a blueberry. When ripe, the berries look like blueberries and they are also used much the same way as blueberries. Nancy’s new favourite ice cream is none other than calafate flavour. I think we’ll be beyond the end of the trip before the berries ripen in the wild, which is a shame as they’d be a nice supplement to our morning oatmeal and they are certainly everywhere in the Patagonian Steppe.
Tomorrow we head out to make our way to Puerto Natales. The current plan is a 5 day ride that takes us through Torres del Paine but we have some options for alternative routes if the weather is not cooperating. We will likely be out of mobile signal so it may be a few days before any blog entries are posted.
This is just a short post to get the photos out, so I’ll stop there… Enjoy and wish us luck with the wind!