Friday, January 24, 2014

Last day in Patagonia? Kayaking Adventure!

Just before leaving Bariloche, I was planning on heading over to Villa Angostura to go for a long trail run out to the end of Bosque Arrayanes.  My friend Diego said, "Yeah I could drive you over there, or if you want you could join me and a couple of my clients on an adventure to kayak to some remote mountain on the other side of the lake…".  Not a really hard choice right?

The paddle across the northern end of Lago Nahuel Huapi was about as glassy and calm as you could imagine, which is unusual given the lake's orientation to the nearby mountain pass leading into Chile.
A 6 km paddle got us across and we landed on a beach with a blue green water that made us think we had landed in the Caribbean!

The most interesting part of this adventure however was our proximity to the 2011 eruption site of Volcan Peyehue which covered the area in a thick blanket of pumice and ash.  Hiking up to Cerro Dormillon, we were visiting a lunar landscape which few people had visited since the eruption, and was only beginning to show any signs of recovery.  

After reaching the top, 2 steps up and 1 step down at a time, we headed back and enjoyed the cushioned descent courtesy the thick layer of pumice before jumping back in the kayaks and paddling to Villa Angostura for a cold beer and a drive back to Bariloche.

Now that I am back in the Northern Hemisphere, it is time for…