Archive for January, 2008

Gadget of the Week

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

  This week's gadget of the week is the Celestron Sky Scout Steph gave me for my 50th birthday. A couple of days ago we were camped up in the Andes on a moonless night and I pulled it out to show her how it worked. We stayed up most of the ...

Patagonian Light

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Before we left Chile we were told by our friend, Jorge, who is a pro shooter, that the light in Patagonia would be like nothing we'd ever seen or experienced before. He described it as "transcendental." We've only been here a few days, but the early indications are very promising.

Northern Patagonia

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

    We're in northern Patagonia. I'm on the BGAN sat system, so this is the most expensive blog post you've ever read. Here's a couple of shots to give you a feel for the area. It's hard to see at this resolution, but that lake water is crystal clear. I'd estimate ~60+ feet / ...

In Argentina

Monday, January 28th, 2008

01/28/2008 01:43:25 GMT We crossed the Andes today. Now in Argentina. All is OK. Sent via Skymate

Impressions of Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar & Riñaca

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

We spent our first month in Chile in Santiago and the Valparaiso areas. In general, Chile is a fully developed economy. There is very, very little that is available in the U.S. or Europe that isn't available here or won't be within a week or two. The country is run by accountants, ...

Green – Green – Green

Friday, January 25th, 2008

In NASCAR parlance, we've come off the red and out of the yellow. We are Green - Green - Green. Currently south of Santiago about 100 miles, camped for the night. We are on our way to Ushuaia, Argentina - the southernmost city and the southernmost roads on the planet. At ...

The Next Sunday

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

  One week ago, our rig came off the ship damaged. We didn’t know if it was destroyed or not.   One week ago, a couple of kids playing with matches started a brush fire that became a wind driven firestorm that destroyed 88 homes in Valparaiso’s Cerro La Cruz neighborhood. That ...

The Inferno of La Cruz

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Thursday, 17 January, 2008   Our rig came off the ship at 6:20AM on Sunday, 14 January.   We had a chance to partially inspect the rig later that day and knew it was damaged, perhaps destroyed. We sold our house to clear the decks for these years of travel, so this meant ...

Mystery of the Universe

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

File this one under: Mystery of the Universe When we opened up the camper on the docks here in Valparaiso only one thing was out of place. Our wine opener, a heavy, boxed SrewPull, was on the floor. The door on the cupboard it fell out of was latched closed. But that ...

Fuso vs. Valparaiso Dock Crew – Part 2

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

We returned to the docks on Wednesday, 16 January, 2008. We were scheduled for an inspection meeting involving three of the parties that operate on the docks: MARVAL, the overall operating company; TPS, the German company that operates the portion of the docks that our ship came into; and San Francisco, ...