Monday, February 15, 2010

STL DPB In The Middle Of Nowhere: Patagonia

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In the middle of nowhere but with all the comforts of home. The town of El Calafate, three hours flight southwest from Buenos Aires, lies on the south shore of Lake Argentina. There is some rugged back country behind it, like this. The town itself has swelled from 6,000 to 22,000 in the 10 years since a jet airport was built. The local sheep industry collapsed with the use of synthetic fabrics. It lives on tourism now. And what sights to see! I haven't had much time to edit pictures but there are more sure to come.

TOMORROW: the glacier.

BELOW: your intrepid adventurers next to yesterday's vehicle.



11 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

Definitely looking forward to seeing more of this interesting land!

Olivier said...

Magnifique panorama et surprenant, on dirait que l'on a marche sur la lune (bon évidement sans l'eau ;o) )

Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture Bob.

Taking a look at this blog forms part now of my IPL (Initial Program Loading)routine every morning, together with a cup of coffee and checking emails before work.
Congratulations.

Luis Gumucio

brattcat said...

Gorgeous shot, though sad about the collapse of sheep as an income source.

Virginia said...

You two are something else. I think I'd be in the TREKKER whining! No on second thought I'd be running behind you trying to get the same shots as you B! :) Show me dat lake I see!
V

U "R" Us said...

Wow that is some stark beautiful country. I like the range of landscapes you guys visit when down there.

cieldequimper said...

Oh the colour of that lake behind your moon vehicle... I bet it feels good (if chilly) to be in the middle of nowhere.

Nathalie said...

Fascinating land!

Paula said...

1- Are you familiar with Bruce Chatwin? He popularized Patagonia.

2- I tried to reach your blog through Facebook and it said that it - your blog - had been reported as abusive by FB users. ????????

3- I wish I had been there. It looks fabulous.

Ming the Merciless said...

The first photo (Lake Argentina) looks deceptively like a puddle of water on a lichen covered, mossy patch of dirt.

This is my favorite photo of the series.

Andree said...

what beautiful, wild country. So different from New England. The geography is fascinating.