Patagonia trip day 10

29 July, 2015

Day 10: Lunch in paradise and lumberjack-ing

Sierra Baguales / Cerro Castillo / Rio Turbio

This day was our inbetween day. We had decided to return to the park if it was clear but if not to go explore a new massif called the Sierra Baguales (Caridad had never been in them before either). In this massif a new species of dinosaur was found recently! As we drove towards the park it was obvious Los Torres were keeping hidden for the day so we veered right towards the new set of mountains (This was actually reasonably uncomfortable for me. I've been waiting to be among Los Torres for so long that going in any other direction, weather independent, felt wrong. Luckily it turned out to be a great decision). We drove until we reached a gate in the road which was tied shut. After about 24 seconds of conversation about the morals of opening gates on roads that may not be public, the gate was open and we were on the way again. This happened twice and as we got a little uncomfortable with it, the road ended. Well, that road didn't so much end as there was a massive piece of snow covering the next gate and so it was a dead end. We parked there and walked towards this massive boulder sitting in the middle of a field. The boulder was overlooking a canyon! It was gorgeous! We ate lunch there (while I claimed first ascents on every boulder I could see - Ha) before wandering down into the canyon a bit more. It was a steep walled canyon with a icy river (as in there was ice all over the place) in the bottom. To our left we were looking at a large snow field and glacier surrouded by snow-capps, to our right were these rolling hills that lead from the mountains slowly down into the plains, and above us in all directions were vertical rock walls!

After getting our fill, we headed back to town. As usual, I was a little out of the loop with our evening plans so was more or less just tagging along. We ended up going to chop firewood for Caridad and after taking over had a slowly growing group of Chilenos watching and commenting on the Canadian Lumberjack (not good for me ego) and asking if I could do their pile next. What a hoot (Thanks for the practice, Grandpa. Turns out it is a life skill worth having). After that we drove to Argentina quickly to fill up gas at a small coal-mining town called Rio Turbio.

Animal highlights of the day were a herd of Rheas, more condors than you could shake a stick at, and a skunk!

Photosphere in Sierra Baguales