Tierra del Fuego National Park

Trip Start Mar 03, 2009
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Trip End Mar 23, 2009


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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tierra del Fuego National Park is truly beautiful. The 5 mile walk by the salt water lake was one of the most beautiful hikes that I've done in a long time. It also helped that the sun was out (finally!) and the air was clean and crisp. As usual I met up with people on the trail and an Italian woman and I hiked most of the way together and chatted about different things in each of our cultures. Before we were hiking together when I was a little ways behind her I came across the first big open field and could see some horses off in the distance. Turns out there were three horses, 2 adult and one baby, and after standing there for a few minutes the horses decided to walk closer and circle me before making their way to a drinking fountain near the coast. Very cool experience. When we finished the hike I stopped and had lunch before hiking for the second part of the afternoon. This hiking was more in forests in between a different set of lakes and mountains. The main attraction in the afternoon was another 6 mile walk roundtrip to get to one really massive lake in the back of the park. This lake was very pretty but its really strange to exit the wooded hikers trail to find yourself in a parking lot with tour buses catering to older folks. I'm glad that they have a way to see the park and I was really glad to see one woman in a wheelchair with her husband out and enjoying the view. It was a nice moment to listen to their conversation as they looked at the snow capped Andes off in the distance at the Chilean border. On my way back I was contemplating hiking the complete reverse of what I had come but realized that it would put me at the end of the trail close to dark without sure hope of being, I did opt to make my way to the bus pickup and forego the hike back. It about killed me to make this decision and forego this opportunity as I know that I might not ever be back to this park but since I am traveling alone it did make sense to be more convservative. So, for all of you worried back at home, I am trying to use my head even though my heart and adventuresome personality often tell me to do otherwise.
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steveepstein
steveepstein on

I have a solution to the problem...
In the future, instead of having to 'take the bus back,' I'll fly down there with two headlamps and escort you on the trail back around the lake. Simple!

For future trips, simply pack me in your luggage. :-)

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