Off the ship and driving through Chilean Patagonia. Very dry and very windy, although we were told that it’s not windy at all. So I guess everything is relative.
We arrived in Porto Natales in the late afternoon. Look at this sculpture, I wonder how much it moves in the wind. So we didn’t have wind but what we did have is rain.
Soaring figures from the front.
Cold American tourist with an object no one ever sees here – an umbrella. The local kids going into the water. No wind, summer – they go in the water.
The town was ok, nothing special, most buildings were none descriptor and painted in bright colors. This was the only decorated building I saw. It is Victorian, I’m guessing there is a plaque saying it is old. Notice the tin roof, easier to repair in the winds. Also, there is some Victorian trim – some of it clearly blew off and was never replaced.
Local cat, in a hostel. There are all kinds of hostels, since this is the last town or really the only town before the national park. I wonder if this cat ever sets foot outside, or is just content watching the world fly by in the wind.
From here on out, it’s the same huge Torres Del Paine mountains. We were so fortunate to see them from many different angles. Some people never really see them because of weather. Did I mention how lucky we were with the weather? We were lucky!
A glacier on the mountain, along with many clouds. These mountain tops are never completely free of clouds.
We got the whole explanation about the different colors. The light grey is granite, which was forced up into the crust of the earth. The darker rock was sediment that formed on top. And then through a million years, erosion, glaciers and yes wind, carved these magnificent peaks. I bet that during those million years there was even some global warming involved, long before humans existed.
Those needles in the background remind me of the minarets at Mammoth in California. Probably created at the same time.
I took so many pictures and really, I’m only sharing a few. Look, the clouds moved!
Paine refers to the deep turquoise color, which is created by the runoff from the glacier melt.
The glacier is way off, 16 miles away at the end of the glacial lake. Chunks are being calved and float around for a few days as icebergs. Well, maybe because they are quite large, they last more than just a few days.
This is a lovely summer morning in Patagonia, with a better view of the glacier. As much as I loved this whole trip, this isn’t summer.
There is the iceberg, being all glacier blue.
I get it, enough with these mountains. On to a new post.Leah