Sunday, 30 November 2008
Any way, the blog is back and alive and will be kept updated with the continuing adventures of the Gerrish family.
Monday, 24 March 2008
We had lunch in the crowded Le Boca district
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
We were taken by minibus the 60km to Puerto Navarino along a dirt road. The nearer we got the windier it became. The 'port' was a single Navy building in the middle of nowhere on the opposite side of the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia, where we went through the customs procedure.
The Zodiac arrived but the passengers looked a little 'shaken'. The wind in the channel had got up to dangerous speeds. The Zodiac would not go back in the wind. We waited for an hour and a half, then suddenly 'vamos' we go. We were rushed into the boat and set off across the rather 'bouncy' channel.
See a video of the Zodiac crossing
We arrived rather exhilarated in Ushuaia to be met by the immigration process and a new country. We then embarked into a new country and a city with lots of modern cars, tarmaced roads, shops and restaurants, not to mention boats with names like Antarctica 3 and Antarctic Explorer (Ushuaia is a major port for Antarctic exploration). What a difference to the Fin Del Mundo in PW!
Friday, 14 March 2008
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Sharon outside our hostal in Puerto Natales
We are in Punta Arenas after having travelled by bus down from Puerto Natales. While there we walked up a mountain called Dorotea
Now we are in Punta Arenas we are going to see a penguin colony, then we are off for three days on a ferry to Puerto Williams, we can't go much further south before Cape Horn!
Friday, 7 March 2008
We camped at various campsites, which were mainly in the woods but the downside was the mozzies that swarmed everywhere, giving you nasty red itchy lumps where they bit you. Our last camp was beside Lago Grey with beautiful views but also exposed to the wind that started during the night heralding the end of the sunny weather we had enjoyed to date.
Our campsite at Lago Grey
Finishing at Lake Pehoe where we caught a ferry back to the bus, which took us to Puerto Natales, where we are staying in a lovely hotel called Indigo Patagonia.
Thursday, 28 February 2008
The passage took us through an inland passage down the west coast of Chile. At one point on day tywo we had to go into the Pacific Ocean for a twelve hour passage. The staff on the ship built the ocean passage up a being rough (up to 5m waves) but as it was the sea was calm (1.5m waves) and apart from some rocking it was not too rough.
We arrive in Puerto Natales. Next stop Torres del Paine
Sunday, 24 February 2008
On the boat going to look for penguins and sea lions. We also saw sea otters.
If you look hard you can see penguins. Honest!
Next morning we walked along by the sea and saw people picking what looked like rocks from the sea shore
Sharon asked the family camped next to us what they were? They were Piure or Sea Squirts which they ate raw with lemon. We tried half of one each... an aquired taste!
We returned to Puerta Varas the next day. Tomorrow we leave for a 4 day ferry journey to Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego.
Saturday, 23 February 2008
We went up on a ski lift to the snow line below the volcano where there was a view of a small crater. There was an amazing zip wire that descended 1500m in 4 stages. See a video of it here