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Patagonia, part VI

These photos are from the afternoon of the fifth day, and then all of the sixth. we do normal tourist stuff like get a hotel, exchange money, that sort of thing – and head north in Argentina to attempt to cross the border at Chile Chico. the Andes, mostly in Chile here. old signs in Bajo Caracoles. this used to be highway 40; now it is a barely recognizable dirt [...]

By |2018-01-13T18:08:49-05:00October 10th, 2013|Argentina, Chile|3 Comments

the next AARoads destination?

A photo I took last night of our nearest celestial neighbor. I finally got my telescope-to-Nikon mount set up, so I experimented away! the blue dot at the upper left is the star Spica, about 260 light years distant.

By |2018-01-13T18:11:03-05:00July 16th, 2013|Astronomy|4 Comments

Patagonia, part V

The fifth day consisted of the hike to the Mirador, then back down the hill, and on the road to El Calafate, Argentina. The Mirador view! Vegetation in infrared. Flores del Paine. […]

By |2018-01-13T18:19:11-05:00March 14th, 2013|Chile|0 Comments

San Francisco

And now, a brief interruption. some photos from this previous weekend. The Bay Bridge has had lights attached to it. It's tough to tell from here, but they actually move in patterns. Well worth seeing in person. The lights will stay for the next two years, and can only be seen from the San Francisco side. That other bridge that San Francisco is famous for. This is the view from [...]

By |2018-01-13T18:20:23-05:00March 11th, 2013|California, Interstate Highways, U. S. Highways|2 Comments

Patagonia, part IVb

The first part of our hike – up the hill to the campground where we would stay the night. Typical afternoon scenery. A narrow trail that climbs gradually. The sort of trees we’d see much of. […]

By |2018-01-13T18:21:36-05:00February 25th, 2013|Chile|1 Comment

Patagonia, part IVa

These photos are from the morning of the fourth day, in which we drive – again! – the road from the west end of the park to the east end. then, we make a run for gasoline (all the way back to Natales!) and prepare for a hike. The Salto Grande waterfall. Why is the photo slightly murky-looking? Because of all the mist flying around in the air. We walked [...]

By |2018-01-13T18:22:43-05:00February 19th, 2013|Chile|2 Comments

Patagonia, part IIIb

In which we are actually inside the Torres del Paine national park. here, we drive the main road to the other end, and back. mainly we’re scouting for a place to sleep, to catch optimal sunrise, and also seeing how long the road would take, as we’re planning to do a hike starting at the other end the next day. A rainbow, in one of the few flat parts of [...]

By |2018-01-13T18:23:49-05:00February 12th, 2013|Chile|6 Comments

Patagonia, part IIIa

This day is spent entirely in Chile. we head to Puerto Natales, and plan a run to Torres del Paine at our friend Roberto’s house. After getting some useful advice, we head north to the park. The Catholic Church in downtown Natales, on a Tuesday morning. The view from Casa Roberto. The light was a bit wonky (shooting into the sun!) so I took a bunch of infrared photos. Southern [...]

By |2018-01-13T18:24:52-05:00February 5th, 2013|Chile|3 Comments

Patagonia, part II

Our first full day in Patagonia. Here, we make the dash down to Ushuaia, the furthest-south city on the South American road network. An old bridge at sunrise. The deck is entirely missing; a helpful sign points out that the bridge is, indeed, deteriorated. Fog in Garibaldi Pass, between Tolhuin and Ushuaia. The kaiken, or upland goose. They are almost always seen in pairs. I took this photo in infrared, [...]

By |2018-01-13T18:26:07-05:00January 18th, 2013|Argentina, Chile|4 Comments

Patagonia, part I

Having landed successfully in Punta Arenas, Chile, we hit the road to Ushuaia, Argentina – the southernmost part of the continent accessible by road. A brand-new section of road striping – and a cutout route marker. Chile uses cutouts everywhere. Plenty of ships pass through the Straits of Magellan. Some don’t. This is the Amadeo, wrecked in 1932. Behind it is the Ambassador, which has been sitting there since 1899. [...]

By |2018-01-13T18:27:05-05:00January 4th, 2013|Argentina, Chile|2 Comments
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