Hey, hey. I’ve decided to post a few/a lot of photographs from my three weeks in Chile. It was ultimately a trip filled with more fun and love and friendship and laughter than photography, but here some of my favorites.
do enjoy, won’t you? And why wouldn’t you enjoy? What? You don’t like looking at other people’s vacation photos?! I’ve never heard of such a thing….
Modern, prosperous, beautiful Santiago with the Andes all pinked up.
Venturing into the only gritty (read: interesting) part of the city, I went to Mercado Central and found this little gato.
huevos y una mujer. (i'm practicing)
I'm both terrified and elated that this woman looks like my grandmother. And therefore me.
Patagonia. What? I spent five days here. I went through Cascada travel and stayed at EcoCamp. If you have any desire to go to this region of the world, and really you should, stay here. It’s an incredible experience.
Did this really happen? Was I really at the right place at the right time to watch two cubs playing and then listen for their mother?
Oh, look. Mom. Just in from the grocery store.
Stop it. I could have gone home after this moment. It happened in about the first 15 minutes of my trip here.
Pretty much the happiest I've been in years. Photo by Backer McKenzie.
Eco Camp!! My Smurf Village dream come true.
Inside my dome. Patagonia has incredibly harsh weather, but these little pods stayed perfectly warm.
Inside one of the main dining domes. The bar area. (the BAR AREA!!!!!!)
The dining domes.
Apparently hurricanes are very common in their Summer months. That's the front side of a hurricane coming across the lake. It made for a very long and rainy and windy day, though you wouldn't be able to tell looking at this photo.
I'm sorry. I couldn't resist.
I can't help it, I'm sorry for putting three vista shots in a row. It's Patagonia. That's my excuse.
Our first site of Grey Glacier. It's 20 miles long.
Iceberg. I mentioned we have a shaving cream that comes in a similar shade of blue. That didn't go over so well.
Observe my deft photoshop skills. I just wanted to show some scale before I showed more Gray Glacier love.
We were a 1/2 mile away from the glacier when I took this. Tis large.
The lawn mower at eco camp.
My new friends. This is how hard we laughed all five days of our time together in Torres Del Paine.
The park was so incredibly different every day. These trees were particular pretty to me. (Patagonia is the region, Torres Del Paine is the park).
Photograph by Backer McKenzie.
PUCON! Pucon is a very touristy, but very fun, ‘adventure capitol’ of Chile. It had a kindof Alps village vibe, but it was perfect for a solo traveler. Lots of things to do, lots of fun people doing it all.
My apologies again. I couldn't resist. This was from the chair lift on the way to the base of the Mt Villarica, a live volcano.
The summit. And all the people who are ahead of us.
And all the people behind us!
Can I use the term litter when talking about volcanoes? If so, then this area of the world is littered with volcanoes. Here are three or four, from the side of one.
We make most of 'em here in the U.S., but we still export a few.
Just trying to make friends with the locals, that's all.
Valparaiso is an UNESCO world heritage site and a colorful, funky, cool, colorful little port city. The street art here is the best I’ve ever even heard of. Not that I hear that much about street art, but you know…
Fish markets smell pretty good. Namely in 90 degree weather.
This was on the top of a street.
And this was at the bottom of the street.
This is an ascensor. A hillside tram that has taken people up and down Valparaiso's steep hills for 100 years.