Michelle and Charlie's Around the World Trip 2004-2005 travel blog

High tide on Rio Gallegos

same place 6 hours later

Hey big bird!!!!! and little ones....

mommy and baby

look what all you can eat buffets do to the youngsters!

Michelle is looking at the birds in their nest

this is one of those ugly-cute ones that we mentioned

I heard this one humming: "I believe I can fly"

and more baby pictures

group photo

beach time

I feel pretty, oh so pretty....

the long commute home after a hard day´s work

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walking

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penguins


After the disappointment of El Calafate we tried an old remedy that worked for us in Egypt. When the normal tourist trail got to be too annoying and expensive we went to the Suez Canal and Alexandria instead of seeing all the "important" sites on the Nile, a decision we never regretted. Rio Gallegos is no Alexandria, but it did the trick as far as getting our minds off El Calafate. At first the town did not seem promising - just a quiet residential town with not much going on. Oh wait, there was the big difference between high and low tide (10 meters) which was enough to get Charlie excited (oh yeah, and her as well. Our first international trip together was to the Bay of Fundy in Canada, also known for its big tide difference - Charlie). We were about to move on when I saw a poster advertising trips to see penguins. We decided to check it out and the next day we went to Cabo Virgenes, where over 200,000 penguins make their homes in the summer to have their babies. The trip was great. For starters, instead of the 25 people on the stupid glacier tour, it was just 7 of us. We only saw one other small group at the colony while we were there, so it was just us and the thousands and thousands of penguins. They dig their nests under the small green bushes that line the coast there. The babies were about 3 months old and in different stages of losing their baby "fur" and growing in their swimming feathers. They just waddled around or peered at us from our nests in the most adorable way. You can get very close to them and they don't care. I could have watched them for hours. The area is also known for being the spot of the first Spanish colony in Patagonia. It's kind of grim story since the harsh winters and lack of food killed them all of in pretty short order. We guessed from this fact that penguins must not be very tasty since it would be pretty easy to catch them and cook up a few if you were starving to death. Or maybe they're just too cute to eat.

We also climbed to the top of the lighthouse that signals the entrance to the Magellan Strait from the Atlantic. As opposed to the gulf of Suez, there were 0 boats lining up here to cross to the other ocean. We also drove through one of the biggest sheep farms in Patagonia which happens to be owned by Benetton.

Ok, and back to the important subject of food - we made sure that our last stop in Argentina left us with good memories of the giant steaks, red wine and the Italian influenced ice cream.



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