Archive for March, 2008

To Tell the Truth

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

We were westbound on the Chile Chico road when we saw them.   We’d been through the rough stretch from town to the mine and the subsequent narrow, single lane portion that clings to the cliffs along the south side of Lago General Carrera with its stunning views.   The huge lake, ...

Best New Photo Gear

Friday, March 28th, 2008

For this trip I left my trusty Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod at home. I wanted to get a tripod that was better designed for low shots, but I wanted to stay within the Manfrotto family so I could continue to use the quick release clamp system. I ended up with Manfrotto 055XProB legs, which ...

Parallels

Friday, March 28th, 2008

In the early 1900s Argentina was the second richest country in the world. In subsequent decades its middle class enjoyed a very high standard of living. The country was rich in seemingly infinite natural resources, copious crop producing areas whose soils were as rich as any on the planet short ...

Bad Roads

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

“Bad roads bring good people.” – Mama Espinoza. That’s the most famous quote from the most famous woman of Baja California, a land of some pretty bad roads. Ruta 40 (Route 40) in Argentina is a long, and in many places, at least by urban standards, bad road. By one measure it ...

Firsts

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

22 March 2008   This has been a week of firsts.   Some were invigorating, others interesting and a few downright spooky.   For the rest of the story, click here: Part One: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/argentina/docs/firstsp1.pdf Part Two: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/argentina/docs/firstsp2.pdf  

How Big is Big?

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008 Dear Nakeya, We spent the last two days at Perito Mereno Glacier in Argentina. The glacier was very, very big. When I am around things that are big, I always have the question, “How big is big?” When we looked through our camper window at the glacier we could not tell ...

The Duck

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

8 March 2008     We did our first bit of Ruta Cuarenta (Route 40) today. Surprisingly, a short section was paved, but more than a hundred miles was its normal washboard, dirt, gravel and rock.         For the rest of the story click here: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/chile/docs/theduck.pdf    

The Land of Towers

Friday, March 7th, 2008

  7 March 2008     The Land of Towers held many wonders.   Including waterfalls For the rest of the story, click here: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/chile/docs/landoftowers.pdf