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Heading up the arm of Lago Argentina that would take up to...

Entering the Upsala Glacier arm of Lago Argentina

In some regards, it looked and felt like the ocean, say in...

A bit further up the arm

Just... another view of a big landscape.

First sigthing of Upsala Glacier. The next photo is of the peak...

Cerro Norte, through my binos.

Glacial debris

The eastern edge of the Southern Patagonia Icefield

Before leaving home, I just hadn't realized how much of a glacial...

Rock and Ice, snow and water......

More ice - Swiss cheese

The only other place I can remember seeing this sort of display...

OK, one more of the floating ice

Our lunch stop. After a 15 minute walk through a southern beech...

After lunch, getting closer to the Upsala Glacier (notice the southern Patagonia...

The Upsala Glacier, with the noticable moraine at left.

This was the sort of weather I had expected to have most...

The moraine is a bit more distinctive now.

The best view of Upsala Glacier I got that day.

The left side of Upsala. By now, it was quite cold out...

The color is quite impressive, even without the sun shining.

I really liked this formation, and was able to spend almost a...

One that hasn't quite made it to the lake, or once did...

Same same, but different...

Upsala Glacier has retreated about 60 meters a year for the past...

This is about as close as we got.

As we retreat from Upsala.

Some icebergs on the way back - reminds me of the The...


On the last day of 2006, I spend the day on a boat going up the various northern arms of Lago Argentina, where I saw five major (continental, not just mountainous) glaciers, including Upsala Glacier - the largest glacier in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and the longest one in South America (covering 400 square miles).

It was a long day on the boat, and the only day of bad weather that actually affected my ability to be outside all day. Some rain, some snow, lots of cold air coming off the glaciers. But some of the views I had, especially in the first half of the day, were well worth the full day of crowded boat time. As the pictures show, I saw a lot of water, rock and ice - and seldom is it that I don't like such a combo. For those of you whom I had the good fortune of going down the Tatshenshini River with, I thought of our trip this day - as that is the only other time I have seen so many big glaciers amidst fresh water.

The day was capped with a unique New Year's Eve - a real international experience, which I loved. I had noticed while I was on Navarino Island that something wasn't quite working for me as much as I had hoped for with this trip. I wasn't able to put my finger on it until I got to El Calafate, and stayed in the International Hostel. Ah yes, hanging with the international travelers - my people. New Year's Eve was a high point in this regard, as I found myself at a table with the couple from London and the woman from Australia I mentioned in the Dec 30th entry, another couple from New Zealand and Australia, and fella from South Africa and two woman from New York and Denver. In the small town of El Calafate, Argentina. This is stuff that I LOVE about traveling. So many stories, so many differnt perspectives, so many bits of travel info, so much fun and intrigue and learning.

Then, when the new year came, the locals put on one hell of a fireworks show. Nothing organized, just individuals doing it up out in the streets. From what I could tell of the probably 15+ displays happening around a town of 8,000, the best one was a block down the street from the hostel. For reasons I won't bore you with, I often have a hard time with fireworks displays here in the states. But, in El Calafate, Argentina, all the little kid excitement came out of me, and that half hour was quite a buzz. Happy New Year indeed.



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