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Patagonian Daydreams

Patagonian Daydreams

Many of my most recent musings have been about doubts, loneliness, fear, and uncertainty. While those are very real emotions for me (and every other human since we got our accursed frontal lobe), there has also been a lot of happiness, friendship, and love. Rather than get all emotional again, I thought I'd take a second to share a little about what life has been like for the last two weeks with some photos. 

Two weeks ago we were on the grand old island of Chiloé. I was staying in one of the Palafitos (pictured), which were fishermen's houses way back in the day. Mine was the brown one on the right with the diamond shaped window at the top. 

On Chiloé we took a short road trip to see some penguins. We only saw 7, but still this one was spry and trying to have a good time taking a dip in the frigid waters.

To get from Chiloé to Coyhaique, we had to take a 24 hour ferry, which included having our car weighed and inspected at 2am. The sunset barely made up for the ridiculousness of the whole thing. 

Oh did I mention that we weren't the only people on the ferry? In fact, we were the first people on, meaning we had to wait about 45 minutes for everyone to unload. Let's just call it a 25 hour ferry and be happy.

Our first hike in northern Patagonia. There were a few snow sections that made this the second most treacherous hike we've done in Chile. The first most treacherous was the hike at El Cañi, but we won't recount what happened there for fear of scaring our mothers. 

The view from the top at Cerro Castillo. 20 minutes later the weather turned and it started snowing. #blessed.

About a 4 hour drive south from Coyhaique are the marble caves. These have been on my list of things to see in Chile since before we even got here. Out of everything, there were the most "must do" and holy shit did they live up to the hype.

As far as tours go, I'm pretty anti the whole "hop on a boat and look at shit" scene, but given the extremely rough seas, kayaking was out of the question. Luckily, we got out of the port 10 minutes before it closed and never looked back. 

Seriously, I don't have a whole lot to say about this. It was epic.

Many people don't know this, but hitchhiking is a legit form of transport in Chile. If we have room and we get a good vibe (I suppose we judge some books by their covers), we pull over and pick folks up. I think to date we've transported about 10 people, but this was our first group selfie. Representing USA, France, and Chile.

The Black Spot

The Black Spot

Escaping the Busy Trap

Escaping the Busy Trap