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SOUTH AMERICA 12/09

Buenos Aires | Iguaza |  Mendosa | To Bariloche | Bariloche Day 1 | Bariloche Day 2 | To Ushuaia | Ushuaia
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6 December 2009         Bariloche, Day 2

Carol is having a wonderful time taking pictures. We must have over a hundred pictures of the Argentinian Alps from today's boat excursion on Lake Nahuel Huapi (the huge lake in front of our hotel). The rest are pictures of us together and solo.

A very relaxing day. We weren't picked up until 10 and then we went to the dock of another nearby hotel which we didn't even know was there to board a private boat. The boat cruised us up the lake several miles and then slowed down and we trolled for trout and salmon. The day was not a great one for fishing (although a beautiful one for cruising) because it was not only cloudless but also because we were fishing during the brightest part of the day. Carol had a strike which she lost; the owner of the boat hooked a small (3 pounds or so) rainbow which he graciously let me land - we lost it at the boat when the trout conveniently unhooked itself. ( I don't think I mentioned that all fishing here is by catch-and-release anyway). We trolled for another 45 minutes or so and Carol hooked another rainbow, this time in the 5-10 pound range. It is fitting that the picture is not of Carol landing the fish but taking a picture of the fish she caught.

All of this fresh air and big blue lake reminded us of our trip several years ago to New Zealand. When we were at Lake Taupo we also went on a fishing cruise (but that one was far more successful as far as fishing was concerned). We called the Lake Taupo boat trip "Chardonnay Fishing" and when, on this trip today, we were offered some wine, how could we say no?

We pulled in the poles and headed to an island in the lake which has a hotel and restaurant. It was actually good food and hospitality. I appreciated the beauty of the place but would go crazy if I had to live at the hotel and the only companionship I had was a few guests who stay for a day or so! Amalia, the woman who met us at the dock to drive us up a rather steep hill to the restaurant, said that she had taken on a 7 month assignment at the hotel and stays on the island for that length of time. Luckily, at this stage of her life she is "into nature." Speaking of nature, the family who owned the island eighty or so years ago planted sequoias from California along part of the roadway! The sequoias must really like Bariloche because they are HUGE!

This hotel is part of a group of luxury hotels owned by an Italian family who coincidentally happened to be on one of their visits to the island. They were having lunch in the dining room the same time we were. Across the lake one of the mountains looked like the profile of a reclining Indian.

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Buenos Aires | Iguaza |  Mendosa | To Bariloche | Bariloche Day 1 | Bariloche Day 2 | To Ushuaia | Ushuaia
Voyage on the Beagle Day 1 | Voyage on the Beagle Day 2 | Santiago de Chile Day 1 | Santiago de Chile Day 2
Santiago to Quito | Galapagos Day 1 | Galapagos Day 2 | Galapagos Day 3
Return to Quito Day 1 | Return to Quito Day 2


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