Day 166: January 28, 2008 Playa Alsina to Playa Bo

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
Trip End Mar 01, 2008

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Day 166: January 28, 2008 Playa Alsina to Playa Bonita

We both slept until 9:15, which surprised us since the sun was already well above the horizon. We did some last minute checking for other possible accesses to the cliffs next to us but found none. Hoping that my bag was still in Comodoro, we drove back to the hotel to look for it but it was to no avail. It was gone.

We picked up a couple of other groceries at La Anonima and I also found a cheap, light sleeping bag for 95 pesos so I bought it. I'll probably only use it for 2-3 nights before abandoning it but that is cheaper and more convenient than a hotel from where we are working.

We checked out one other beach possibility on the way back to the field area but it had a privately owned access so we couldn't get in. The second area we studied was in strata exposed in a large roadcut on Ruta 3 between Rada Tilly and Playa Bonita. We started drilling there at about 2:00 in the afternoon, deciding to approach it from the north since there was an old roadbed that climbed through the roadcut and provided access to the upper part of the steep, newer face. The section is a little thicker from the south, at the base, so if we have time, we'll pick that up at the end of drilling the north.

It took awhile to learn how to drill these rocks but once Will got the hang of it, he was an awesome machine. He was able site in the next site and do the drilling in the time that it took me to wrap and record the samples from the previous site. A few times the rocks were very difficult to sample, allowing me to catch up with him. We started sampling in the new roadbed and got almost to the crest of the hill by 7:00. Knowing that we could finish the following day, we drove to Playa Bonita and found a campsite in the low dunes as the last of the beachgoers cleared out. Playa Bonita is not nearly as trashed as Playa Alsina. It is a beautiful long and wide beach.

There was a strong wind so we waited until nightfall before cooking our choripanes. We had canned peas with them this time, along with beer and wine. It was another fine, clear sky and we watched the Moon rise out of the Golfo de San Jorge. We just had a great time talking about everything imaginable. It surprised me to see it was 1:15 when we finally decided to find places in the dunes and go to sleep.
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