Trip Start Mar 11, 2005
19Trip End Jul 15, 2005
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It was awesome. We soon came across icebergs (totally unexpectedly for us both), and they were the most beautiful ice sculptures in vivid turquoise and shades of blue, glistening in the sunlight as water trickled down their sides. And there were so many of them, some could sink the Titanic (let alone us!) and some were really quite small. We were taken up various 'arms' of the lake at the end of which were massive walls of ice: the glaciers. Geography lessons really don't do them justice: solid walls of solid ice creating a barrier to the water that can stretch literally for several kilometres. What can the first explorers have thought when they first came across them? Perhaps wait for 24 hours and hope that they will melt overnight! But the awesomeness of this landscape was really brought home to us when the captain decided to abort a run up close to one glacier after battling against ferocious headwinds that were threatening to drive us into icebergs, or the icebergs into us.
We wondered whether there would be any point in visiting the Glacier Perito Moreno the following day after what we had just experienced, but we had made friends with a couple of Americans who were going and we decided that whilst we were there we should go. We thought our doubts had been well-founded when we trundled along a route to the Lake that thoughtfully meant that we could see the local wildlife: an eagle feeding on the previous night's road-kills; a grey fox hiding behind a bush; and so on. (We see so much wildlife whilst cycling that we thought we might be included on the list!). But once at the Glacier, we were pleased to realise that this one was indeed special, and now we had the opportunity to look down on top of this vast expanse of peaks of ice (like a very, very large lemon meringue pie!). And we were privileged to see (and indeed video!) massive chunks break and fall away into the water with a sound that cracked like thunder. Unforgettable.