Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hiking in El Bolson, Argentina January 13 to Feb 8th 2013

We spent a month or so in the El Bolson area of Argentina, joining up with our friends the Loso's who wintered there. We did several multiday back packing trips up into the mountains, utilizing the wonderful reffugio system that is set up there. These pictures are just a glimpse of some of the fun adventures we had. 

Hanging at Retemal, one of many wonderful refuggios in the mountains, around El Bolson. 

Ruby, getting ready to show Robin Hood how to use a staff. 

Lap time along the trail with Howard

A whole bank of trees that tipped over in a wind storm, pulling the shallow roots up.

The kid gang at top of Cierra Lindo, a good full days hike from the Refuggio of Cierra Lindo.

Always adds to the adventure when your swaying plank bridge is missing a few planks......
Crossing the Rio Azul.

Yup, came all the way from Alaska to hike up to a glacier,
Karen, Owen, Elizabeth, Harlan, Avery and Ruby

Howard dipping in one of the many crystal clear streams that we enjoyed for our water sources.

Rio Azul, wonderful swimming holes! Owen taking a splash.

Avery in her corn row braids, courtesy of another hostel dweller. 

Cool water falls up near Ceirra Lindo Reffugio. Owen and Harlan.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

In Cordova for the Bird Festival, May 2013

It rained non stop for the first 2 days,
and the wind was blowing really hard.
So when we went to look at birds there
were not very many to see.  Though we
saw about 20 lapland longspurrs they
were really cool.

After 2 days of rain it started to clear up and there was
a beautiful rainbow.

Now that the rain was gone birds started to arrive. We walked around for hours looking
at all sorts of birds.  We saw western sandpipers, northern pintail, white-winged
scoter, american golden-plover, 1 black oystercatcher, dunlins, and 1 merlin catch
 a western sandpiper! While it was raining for 2 days we saw about 14 trumpeter swans,
we saw great white-fronted geese, dusky canada geese, mallards, buffleheads, 1 osprey,
eagles, common raven, fox sparrow, commmon redpoll, and a couple arctic terns.

We went out on a boat with a friend to see sea otters. We found
pods of about 50 sea otters it was really cool.  Owen fished alittle
but did not cetch any thing.

On the fairy ride back we saw these 2 sea lions on this bouy.

On the fairy we drove close up to
some cliffs there were hundreds of
black legged kittiwake, and 2
mountain goats.

Any one know who Owen is hanging with?