Monday, February 03, 2014
Uploading photos at this hostel is ridiculous. I spent 30 minutes on the first attempt and it got to 97% before dropping the connection, forcing me to start over from scratch. (I've already cropped and shrunk the photo to make it as small as reasonable.)
Anyway, we spent the morning on a 5 mile horse ride in this valley near Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. It was really great, and I enjoyed the horse I had - named "Parajito." He was responsive, if a bit energetic. Much nicer than the standard tired rental horse you get in the US that acts as if it is tied to the horse in front.
I expect this may be because in Patagonia so many people ride as a common mode of transportation. Horses are a grass-powered all-terrain-vehicle.
Fortunately they also found nice calm horses for my friends who have less experience. I think they had fun too, but I think Suan still prefers windsurfing, and Axel probably prefers hiking on his own two feet. LOL
Monday, February 03, 2014
Waiting to ride horses in Chile but in the meantime I thought some of you might enjoy this picture my friend Axel took while we were in Antarctica.
The chicks are adorable.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
My first movie, ever, cobbled together with footage from the Coolpix plus whatever stills were available during the "down" time while returning through the Drake Passage.
I used whatever video editing stuff happened to end up on this laptop during the 24 hours I had to set it up and learn Windoze 8 before I left (I never intended to make any movies).
Getting music off my iPod was a whole other issue I won't get into. So considering all of that, I'm surprisingly OK with the result. Maybe you will enjoy it.
BTW it took all night to upload using the hostel wifi. LOL
Sunday, January 19, 2014
We hiked around a lot today in the local national park and looked at the permanent ice field above the town where there's a ski resort in the winter. It's so cold here it's hard to remember that this is the height of their summer!
The Fitbit said I went more than 25,000 steps today. www.fitbit.com/user/25GDQB
Here are the GPS tracks from some of where we went (we hopped in and out of a car so no I didn't go 35 miles on foot. LOL)
But it was enough to freeze up my arthritic knee once we stopped. I had to limp to dinner, but I think I'll have it straightened out by tomorrow. Dinner was at an asado place (where they serve grilled meat). We shared lamb, ham, beef, and chorizo. Axel insisted on getting salad and some mixed vegetables, and I was glad, although I probably could have just eaten the meat. Suan pretty much DID eat mostly meat. hehe.
I did a lot better with the eating today overall. It sure helps not to be trapped, tired, and bored in an airplane with them handing me things I shouldn't be eating!
Tomorrow will probably be my last dispatch until we return from Antarctica. I'm not paying $5/minute for data over their satellite connection on the boat!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Greetings from the southernmost tip of Argentina, the city of Ushuaia. I'm here with my friends Axel and Suan and we are preparing to get on a ship to spend 10 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. This will include kayaking, of course, although it won't be very demanding, since the program accepts people of any experience:
I've been logging all of my food with LoseIt (it works well offline). This is handy because I don't have cell phone access outside the US and wireless access is spotty. I've also got my trusty food scale in my purse and a tiny travel scale I bought on Amazon:
I'm going to do my best to keep on track. So far it hasn't been easy because it took 39 hrs getting here and they kept giving us cookies and crackers as snacks on the planes, when I've been trapped, tired, and generally not in the best position to make food decisions. (Getting here required an hour drive to a bus that took 4 hours, a walk to the subway to get to the airport, and four separate flights between JFK, Panama City, Santiago Chile, Buenos Aires, and Ushuaia.)
I do have my Fitbit on, and have done reasonable amounts of steps while not trapped in a small airline seat. Uploading data from that is tricky too, because it requires internet access to sync with my phone. All of these devices (phone, netbook, fitbit, etc) require periodic charging, so I had to also bring adaptors to match the electrical outlets in Argentina, on the boat, and for the brief time we'll spend in Chile afterward.
For the next couple of days I'll have internet with the wireless at the hotel, but I won't while on the ship because wifi there will cost something like $5 per minute (!) When I get back I hope to have lots of pictures of penguins.
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