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Karen & Hayes at the End of the World

This was our first trip with Adventure Life. I think it won’t be the last. We wanted to go to Cape Horn, to visit the famous Torres del Paine park of Patagonia, and the Argentine glaciers; a lot! Adventure Life let us do it all within 2 weeks.

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The memorial at Cape Horn
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
Killed time the next day before our 8pm evening flight by once again walking around Buenos Aires, having a wonderful last meal in one of the little spots the locals frequent in the San Telmo area, …
the back of the ship, Zodiac loading zone
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
Ah, Mariano otra vez! Our driver from two days prior had once again arrived in the 18 passenger van (getting up at 5am to drive from his home in El Calafate) to collect us and take us to the El …
upper deck of the Via Australis; lowering Zodiac boats
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
Up and ready in our trekking clothes, armed with a box lunch prepared by the hosteria. Our taxi arrived…turns out a hiker intending to head up the Rio Blanco valley trail was being delivered, …
last view of Ushuaia as we pull away from the dock
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
Time to leave the Eco-Camp. For once a sunny day with the Torres del Paine in full view! Back down the road in the mini-van, across the Bridge of Death, out the entrance road to the park with …
tango demonstration before we left port
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
A day with a choice: hiking from camp up to the base of the Torres (the spires visible from the Eco-Camp when the clouds deigned to lift), or a hike through puma country to see pictographs and …
Hayes in our cabin
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
Off to visit Grey Glacier and other local sights in the park. Couldn’t help but notice, the drivers had two tendencies, one, to drive on the left as long as there is no center line in the road …
the Via Australis at dock, seen from hill in Ushuaia
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
Our guide was at the hotel promptly at 10am with a minivan to take us to Puerto Natales and then on to Torres del Paine. The road led through mostly flat, open land, with glimpses of pink flamingos …
view of Ushuaia from across the bay
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
Everyone up early to disembark in Zodiac boats at Magdalena Island! We all wanted to walk among the cute “penguinos” before being off-loaded at our final destination, Punta Arenas. …
The Andes above Ushuaia
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
Last full day on the boat. Sailed through the fjord-like western channels of Tierra del Fuego, under cold grey skies and intermittent rain. Another lecture--on the Magellan Strait--a sailing knots …
first view of Patagonia as we approached Ushuaia
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
This was Cape Horn day, and we had to be up early for disembarkation instructions in order to ride the Zodiac boats to Cape Horn…the last stop before Antarctica, if one was going that far! It …
upscale Puerto Madero area, Buenos Aires
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
We were collected right on time from the hotel by a guide who delivered us to the airport and oversaw our check-in for our flight to Ushuaia, then accompanied us to the security checkpoint…a …
The Peace Bear exhibit in Buenos Aires
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
The rest of that day and the next we wandered around downtown Buenos Aires. Wasn’t sure what to expect, but found it to have a European feel (not such a surprise when you realize this is a …
Karen in Buenos Aires
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
Fuzzy-headed morning arrival, not a lot of sleep to be had in Sardine Class. Following the advice of our guidebook (the Rough Guide to Buenos Aires), we ignored the various Cambios in the arrival …
Karen & Hayes at the back of the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires
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Karen Griffith-Hedberg
The start….March 11 headed for the Eugene airport horribly early, with carryons carefully stocked with the barebones essentials of raingear and fleece for Patagonia. If the airline security …

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