skip's retirement travel

Joined February 2017Living in: Nashua, United States
  • Day58

    Isla Magdalena

    January 19 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Island in the midst of the Strait of Magellan. A breeding site for Magellan penguins, skuas and gulls. The first pic looks across the island to the now unused lighthouse. The 3 pic of penguins, includng some juveniles, a skua and gulls, including a juvenile.

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  • Day58

    Punta Arenas

    January 19 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    Town located on the Magellan Strait, which, for those of us who had geography more than a half century ago, was the main route around South America before the Panama Canal. The economy is undergirded with oil and gas extraction and supporting industries. Also agriculture, fishing and tourism. The first pic is the main square, followed by a street scene. Then several of the Strait of Magellan from the waterfront at the end of the main square. There are some ships that still use the Strait, sone of which are visible.Read more

  • Day56

    Volcán Osorno

    January 17 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    An active volcano whose last eruption was in the 19th century, although a nearby volcano erupted as recently as 2015. This is also a ski resort in winter. Even at the height of summer here (as it is now), the glacier doesn't fully melt. First is a view if the volcano from a distance. Then riding the chair lift up to the glacier. Next is at the edge of the glacier looking up to the top of the mountain. The rest give a sense of the spectacular views from up there.Read more

  • Day56

    Petrohué

    January 17 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    National park that includes Osorno Volcano (see another post), Petrohué Falls, Lago de Todos Santos (All Saints Lake) and more. The first two pics are of the falls, then downriver. This is glacial runoff. Followed by a small hidden lagoon, and a walk through the subtropical rainforest native to the region. Last is All Saints Lake. You can travel to Argentina by boat across several lakes, using buses for the "portages."Read more

  • Day55

    Puerto Montt

    January 16 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    First settlement of German immigrants in the 1850s. The first two pics look over the city to the Pacific. Then the gid local market, the names n square and a statue commemorating the meetings of the first German immigrants with the indigenous people.

  • Day55

    Frutillar

    January 16 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Pronounced fru-til-lyar. A resort town on Lago Llanquihue. The big annual event is a classical music festival that begins later this month. And there is an historical museum with a typical German farmhouse, blacksmith, water powered mill and indoor threshing barn, all as typical of the German settlers of the region. The first pic is the Opera house where all the concerts take place. The rest are of buildings at the museum. First is the farmhouse with a 9-pun bowling alley across the back. Then the smithy, the threshing barn and some if the gardens.Read more

  • Day55

    Llanquihue

    January 16 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Pronounced lyan-KEE-weh. The name of the lake and a small town on the lakeshore. First is the lake and a look along the beach. Then one of the traditional German houses and a look at the pretty, rolling landscape. This part of Chile was not settled by the Spanish. The first settlers were Germans beginning in about the 1850s.Read more

  • Day53

    San Pedro de Atacama

    January 14 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    The main town in this part of the desert. Located on the Atacama River, the largest river entering the desert from the Andes. All of the river water is diverted to canals, mostly for agriculture/irrigation. The second pic has one of the canals. San Pedro sits almost on the Tropic of Capricorn. The rest of the pics give a sense of this dusty town where the targets part if the economy is tourism.
    We did a star walk one night, and I hoped to get a night sky picture. The Atacama is one of the places where a lot of astronomy is done be due to the sky conditions. Unfortunately, my camera couldn't do it.
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  • Day52

    Altiplanic lagunas

    January 13 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Altiplano=high plain, so these are high altitude lagunas. These are at about 14,000 feet. The animal pictured is a vicuña. Each of the small lagunas has an eponymous volcano nearby. You can see them in the pictures. Some are still active. One is overdo for an eruption.

  • Day52

    Atacama salt flats/Laguna Chaxa

    January 13 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    In the Atacama desert where salt and lithium are mined. The lagunas are saline and itermittently fed by runoff from the Andes. The pics are looks at the salt flats and the brine lagoons. One pic is of the salt and mineral soil. The last two are flamingos in the Laguna: one is an Andes flamingo; the other is a Chilean flamingo.Read more

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