Thursday, January 1, 2015

Trip to Patagonia - Jan 1, 2015 - Lago Grey Glacier Cruise; Lago Grey Trek

- from the Itinerary:

This morning we’ll explore Lago Grey, which is one of the park’s largest and most famous lakes, boarding a small boat for a closer view of the enormous icebergs, calved from Glacier Grey, that float on the lake’s surface. Weather permitting, we’ll navigate around the icebergs and chart a course for Glacier Grey itself, where we’ll enjoy magnificent views of its jagged blue-white walls rising to the sky.

We then go for a trek along the shores of Lago Grey, where gigantic blue icebergs rest against sandy beaches while Glacier Grey stretches into the distance through the towering peaks of the surrounding mountains, before returning to our hotel for dinner.
 

Happy New Year! We weren't able to stay up last night to see in the New Year. Fresh air and hiking will do this every time.

We left the hotel at 7:30 this morning to go for a boat tour of the Lago Grey glacier. As you can see in the pictures, I was very cold and layered as many clothes as I had packed. It was mighty cold on the lake and as the boat turned so did the gusts of wind sometimes right in our faces.

I love glaciers with their blue colors and the great shapes. This is beautiful!


Approaching the glacier

It's cold!




When we finished the boat trip, we walked back to the hotel through a Patagonian forest. It was a short walk and not at all strenuous - just very pretty. Snagged a geocache along the way and initiated three of our companions to geocaching. They seemed to enjoy the idea.

Back at the hotel we picked up a box lunch and got back on the bus for a hike near the Salto Grande, a waterfall we had seen yesterday as we drove into the park. This hike to Mirador Cuernos took about 1 1/2 hours to complete. Much of the landscape in this area was devastated by a large fire in 2008, started by a careless camper. Trees were scorched but the wild flowers have taken over so the beauty was still there.


Salto Grande

Starting the hike after viewing the falls

Eerie remains of a forest


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