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Calafate Day 2
Awesome Argentina and Mendoza

Mountainous landscapeMountainous landscape (Stan Gelber)
Today was amazing. We joined an 8 hr tour to Perito Moreno, the 3rd largest glacier in the world—magnifico! We lucked out with a sunny day and not too much wind which is a real problem in the summertime in all of Patagonia. The great thing about this trip was that we walked for 1 ½ hrs on the glacier itself—looked and felt like real trekkers! We were outfitted with crampons (metal foot spikes which grip the ice) and taught how to walk like a duck uphill and lean back w/ bent knees down. Of course, Jean hit the dust immediately and now has a huge lump and bruise on her butt. No one else fell. The glacier ice looks like giant snowcone stuff and is very hard. The guides gave us an amazing tour and we learned a lot re: glaciers. Just prior to walking off the glacier we saw what we thought was a mirage—a little makeshift bar w/ Old Grouse scotch, glacier ice and water and a little treat! We all had a toast to mother nature!

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