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Riding horses in Chile

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



  
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LJOYCE55 5/20/2014 9:02AM

  What a great adventure. congrats!

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JSTETSER 3/3/2014 5:36PM

    Beautiful!

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THEVOW2013 2/21/2014 5:51PM

    AWESOME,
WAY JEALOUS I NEED THAT VACATION. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/19/2014 8:30PM

    What an exciting adventurous life you live! (I must have missed this while on my own much tamer short holiday!!)

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MAW_OH 2/7/2014 11:34PM

    I wish we had 'horse lanes' here, right next to the bike lanes. I don't know if I would be able to properly care for a horse, but I'd love to have one to take a quick trip to the store or 'drive through'. They would probably have horse 'pooper scooper' laws, and it would probably take a large garbage bag and shovel to scoop it up! But still, it would be a very 'green' way to travel.

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EMMACLAIRE5 2/7/2014 10:56AM

    Looks like you're having a FAB trip - enjoy and keep the pictures coming when you can!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/5/2014 2:51PM

    What a great adventure!

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CARRIE1948 2/5/2014 7:50AM

    Looks cool

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NEW-CAZ 2/4/2014 2:56AM

    emoticon wonderful picture

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/3/2014 10:07PM

    What a fun adventure! I lived in South America for a year and a half, would love to go back! Enjoy!


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LESLIELENORE 2/3/2014 10:03PM

    That is awesome!

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DDOORN 2/3/2014 9:52PM

    Taking full advantage of every possible adventure along the way...woo hoo! :-)

Don

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SNOWYOGA 2/3/2014 9:11PM

    Love this picture!

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TINAJANE76 2/3/2014 8:33PM

    Awesome, Anja!

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Penguin Cuteness

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.

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BOPPY_ 3/22/2014 8:37PM

    "Yes, and if you use Linux, my friends, your feathers will look as good as mine!"

Sorry, couldn't resist! emoticon

Lee

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WATERMELLEN 2/19/2014 8:30PM

    Very very sweet!!

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MAW_OH 2/8/2014 12:19AM

    emoticon - I can't find a penguin, this is the closest I could find on the Spark. emoticon's.

Cool
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BOOKAPHILE 2/3/2014 10:06PM

    Very cute! Those chicks look all fluffed out - rather like robins when it's very cold here. How long do those chicks have fluffy feathers instead of the smooth, close to the body ones of the adult? Thanks for sharing, Anja.

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TINAJANE76 2/3/2014 8:35PM

    I love this picture! Looks like the guy up top is holding forth in front of a very attentive audience, lol!
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TENACIOUSTIGER 2/3/2014 8:10PM

    wow you are having an amazing time , Antarctica is next on my list, fantastic


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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/3/2014 12:32PM

    What is it about penguins? They are so cute!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/3/2014 11:27AM

    What an adventure!

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LESLIELENORE 2/3/2014 10:45AM

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CARRIE1948 2/3/2014 10:33AM

    They do look adorable

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JACKIE542 2/3/2014 9:47AM

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THINFITFEMINIST 2/3/2014 8:51AM

    Awwww!

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Kayaking in Antarctica

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.

vimeo.com/85572530

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




  
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MAW_OH 2/6/2014 8:07AM

    Beautiful! I love your movie. It's a whole other world down there. How cold was it? emoticon

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DRKPKING 2/3/2014 10:09AM

    absolutely awesome
great video and experience

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PEGGY11 2/3/2014 10:02AM

    Spectacular. emoticon Everything is so vast it makes you feel so miniscule. You did a great job. emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/3/2014 8:29AM

    Thanks for paddling FOR me!

Spectacular!

I take it "shags" are some sort of bird? And by "terrestrial friends" there were people who did NOT kayak?

I love the "power poses" in many of the still pics!

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It had to be such a feeling "victory" to be at the bottom of the world doing such a cool thing....

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TINAJANE76 2/2/2014 9:30AM

    This is so incredibly cool! You never cease to amaze me, Anja!

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DDOORN 2/1/2014 10:14PM

    Always pushing the boundaries further and further...how AMAZING you are!

Thank you for sharing! Cool Vangelis music too!

Don

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LESLIELENORE 2/1/2014 6:18PM

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/1/2014 12:06PM

    How wondrous.

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SUZYMOBILE 2/1/2014 10:55AM

    So many times people say about blogs, "You made me feel like I was there," but in this case it was really true. What a fabulous video! Thank you for crediting the music, which was glorious and matched the setting perfectly. You also answered something I was wondering about--Can one roll a kayak in arctic waters and live? How cold was that?!

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KATHIC2 2/1/2014 10:45AM

  I love hearing about your adventures! You are so inspiring. What an incredibly cool, impressive, thrilling trip!!!

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JACKIE542 2/1/2014 9:18AM

    WOW!! That was great, thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/1/2014 7:44AM

    What a wonderful, once in a lifetime trip! Thanks for posting the video. I wonder what percentage of Americans can say they've kayaked at Antarctica?

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_LINDA 2/1/2014 6:53AM

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Incredible, breathtaking video!! What an experience you had! Thanks so much for taking the time to upload it!! That is amazing you could take all that video and paddle at the same time!

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WATERDIAMONDS 2/1/2014 6:21AM

    What an amazing journey. Thank you.

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25,594 steps at the bottom of the world

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)
www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?tri
p_id=2607071


www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?tri
p_id=2607019


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!

  
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TENACIOUSTIGER 2/3/2014 8:13PM

    Im really interested to see what strategies you use for dealing with food and travelling , as this is a big problem for me . I manage to do so well at home and then lose the plot when i go overseas. It is really hard when your trapped on a plane for hours. We try to wear our joggers and spend all the transit time walking around the airports .
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/24/2014 11:24AM

    Now that's my idea of a vacation. It would definitely stretch my boundaries (geographically and otherwise!)

Can't wait for the next installment!

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TINAJANE76 1/22/2014 10:59PM

    Awesome! Can't wait to hear about your subsequent adventures!

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EMMACLAIRE5 1/22/2014 5:53PM

    Amazing! Hope you have a blast and a newsy post when you get back!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/21/2014 1:02PM

    I have total travel envy!!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

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DDOORN 1/21/2014 12:23PM

    Things are looking a lot more green than I expected them to be...!

I just KNOW you are having a total BLAST! :-)

Don

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KENDRACARROLL 1/20/2014 5:31PM

    Nice! What a great adventure!
(Stay warm!)

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TRAVELGRRL 1/20/2014 2:55PM

    Wow, thanks for checking in and for posting the pic! I can't wait to hear about the trip when you get back.

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/20/2014 1:45PM

    Now that's what I call Steppin' OUT! Well done.


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CARRIE1948 1/20/2014 8:09AM

    A lot of steps.

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WATERMELLEN 1/20/2014 7:47AM

    Wow! This is totally cool (seriously cool) and thanks so much for expending some precious data on us!!

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KATHIC2 1/20/2014 7:29AM

  What a great adventure. Looking forward to hearing more!

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NEW-CAZ 1/20/2014 2:45AM

    Have fun, looking forward to the blog telling how it went!

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LESLIELENORE 1/20/2014 1:40AM

    Can hardly wait for pictures and stories of your adventures! Have fun!!

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DALID414 1/20/2014 1:13AM

    Not that it needs to be said, but have fun!!

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Greetings from the Bottom of the Earth

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:
www.polar-latitudes.com/content/kaya
king-antarctica




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:
www.amazon.com/NewlineNY-SBB-0719M-N
YLG-Step-On-Travel-Bathroom/dp/B005I47
1LO?tag=manifolds-20


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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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/24/2014 11:23AM

    Wow! how did I miss this post!

Let me catch up on the next one....



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MAW_OH 1/22/2014 9:20PM

    Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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WATERMELLEN 1/20/2014 7:49AM

    Looking forward to those penguin pics -- and the journey to get there sounds so arduous. Hate hate hate airplanes basically -- although they are a necessary evil.

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UOFIGIRL 1/19/2014 7:17PM

    Sounds amazing! I'm pretty jealous.

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DDOORN 1/19/2014 1:21PM

    Such AMAZING adventures you take!

Looking forward to hearing more about your AWESOME time!

Don

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/19/2014 1:12PM

    OOOh, I hope you have tons of penguins too!

Have a wonderful time.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 1/19/2014 9:38AM

    wow you are living the life , have a fantastic time

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KATHIC2 1/19/2014 8:19AM

  What a great trip!!! Can't wait to hear more!

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BEATLETOT 1/19/2014 7:55AM

    Wow! What an incredible adventure!!!

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CARRIE1948 1/19/2014 7:43AM

    Enjoy the trip

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/19/2014 7:17AM

    WOW, that is very cool!

Enjoy your trip....& blog about the results!

Hasta la Vista!

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NEW-CAZ 1/19/2014 2:39AM

    emoticon Enjoy your trip!

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CHRISGORGME 1/19/2014 1:58AM

    Even if we don't admit it you live the life we all would love to live! Enjoy it! emoticon

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DALID414 1/18/2014 11:34PM

    One word: Brrrrr!!!

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ILOVEMALI 1/18/2014 10:37PM

    Have a wonderful trip! Thanks for the scale tip -- we will be trsving later this year and I was wondering what I'd do to help stay on track!

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