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Calving glaciers on the rocks and a hangover.

or how I saw Perito Merino Glacier

semi-overcast 10 °C

On the bus from El Calafate airport to town I started talking to a youngish fellow sitting next to me who noticed Edmonton on my golf shirt. Turns out he is a resident anethetist in Vancouver general who grew up in Calgary... so we chatted right through the trip.. and parted our ways when the bus dropped me off at my hotel.
So I checked in to my hotel.. great placed with a heated pool.
Had a refreshing shower and went for the tourist walk or as I have heard... a LSD trip.. Look See Decide what restaurant to go to... when I bumped into my Friend Mark who also was doing the same thing.. we chat and decide we should had dinner together... turns out we both love wine.. and steak.. so he had spotted a local restaurant with mainly locals.. and we have sirloint steak and wine.. and chat.. and chat... curing the world and especially Canada of it´s political problems, despite him being from the right and me from the left... then we decide.. hell the wine is good so off to a jazz bar .. and another bottle of wine... after which I convince him to try the local grappa, which is wonderful... so needless to say the next morning.. HANGOVER... luckily my first aid kit... also is a hangover kit... and a few tylenol 1´s and off I go.
So the bus to the glacier is a fairly long ride.. but again it´s the bus and one just walks.
The walkways are incredible.. all wood.. and beatiful. ON the bus I befriended an Austrian lady and we decide to walk together to the glacier.
She tells me that she loves the mountains and lives near the alps.. goes skiing all winter... etc etc.. finally I ask what she does for a living.. wait for this.. she is an anethetist.. what the HEY!!!! weird huh!
So the falls are just astounding.. the glacier moves at a very fast rate and is supposidly one of the few glaciers not in retreat... as one stands on the walkway which are so well postioned.. that one can get all sorts of angles.. the glacier is constantly calving... great groans and crack and creaks come out of the glacier and then chunks of ice fall into the water with enormous crashes, then float away. Almost all of them are an amazing azure blue.. like building sized jewels.. the glacier front itself is sky blue.
It was a day of feeling so small in stature against this monstrous force of nature.. looking at it grind away solid rock.
So the next day was packing my pack and getting on the 8:30 bus to Puerto Natales, leaving at the hotel a pack full of stuff I will not need until I return from my 7 day hike and go onto Puerto Madryn.

Posted by Suraza 13:05 Archived in Argentina

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