Tierra del Fuego!
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
152Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Tierra del Fuego road etiquette says to stop for people who are pulled over to see if all's well (todo bien). Two trucks stopped to see if we were alright when we aired down the tires for the bumpy road (the Chilean section connecting the two pieces of Argentina’s Route 3 is a bit rough). It’s comforting to know there’s help if we need it.
We didn’t know much about the town of Tolhuin, but we decided to spend a night there to see nearby Lake Fagnano (aka Khami, meaning big water). There’s a campground right on the lake with excellent wind blocks and the friendly owner lit a fire for us in the refugio (common kitchen area) where he said we could sleep if we wanted. YES! It’s always nice to be indoors when it’s windy and cold outside.
The campground has a lot of character, it looks like Roberto built it all himself as time and materials permit, creatively adorned with found objects and wooden notes from visitors who have passed through. We noticed they were almost all dated November through March and asked if he gets many visitors this time of year (winter), he smiled and said "only crazies like you."
We were surprised to be joined by other travelers because of what he said and the fact that most places we’ve stayed recently have been empty of other campers. It was nice to socialize a little bit with people on a similar jaunt to the southernmost end of the earth.
About 30 pair of beavers were brought from Canada to Tierra del Fuego in the late 1940s with the intention of selling the pelts, their numbers grew out of control and signs of them can now be seen all over the islands.
So happy for this friendly welcome to Tierra del Fuego.