Aborted Camping at Puerto Madryn

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 15, 2010

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

I forgot to mention that it got chilly the day we
left Buenos Aires.  By evening, everyone was scrounging around for jackets,
sweaters and long pants. I got by with my sweater in my daypack but was not
comfortable that night.  During the day it was pleasant, but chilly again at
night and this time I had to get out my fleece jacket from by backpack.

We are on the coast in Puerto Madryn and could bike 17k to a nearby national
park. Tomorrow we go to the Valdez Peninsula but are unsure of seeing anything
much. The last truck group saw an armadillo in the parking lot as well as
foxes, assorted seals. 

There has been major excitement and change of some
plans....at 3 am, when I woke up, the tent was flapping in the wind.  I went out
and tripped on the tent fly which had blown off.  As I tried to reconnect it, I
couldnīt find most of the pegs holding it down.  I went back in and lay there in
my sleeping bag trying to figure out what comes next.  I now have a tent mate, Louise, since some of the other tents have broken zippers and therefore I needed to give my tent to the boys.  Around this time, she got up too and we decided to take down our tent.

What came next was
everyone packing up their tents, putting everything in the truck, Mick our
leader driving the truck to a more sheltered spot where the cook team could make
their planned breakfast of scrambled eggs. We joked about whether we wanted them
con or sin sand....most of us not knowing the word for sand. 

We then
checked into a hostel in town (Puerto Madryn) and had a free day of sleeping, relaxing,
catching up on various activities like the internet or perhaps braving the heavy
winds and checking out the resort town.  Other than that, we are deciding on our
activities for the next few destinations.  I am opting for the less strenuous
and more comfortable but will do some ice trekking and ice cave exploring and
walk two legs of the famous "W" route at Torres del Paine National Park.  As we cross back and forth over
the Chilean border, we have to get rid of all of our fruit, vegetables, meat,
wood, etc.  I wonder if that includes sand.

I had hoped to ship my sand out but
today is Saturday and the post office is closed.  I went in search of DHL from the map the hostel manager gave me.  I couldn't find it and kept asking.  One woman siad there was no DHL in Puerto Madryn; another said it was 4 blocks back - not there.  I went to the Post Office and they said it was back where the first man said it was.  I did find it on a block farther away in a tourist agency Acolo Viaggio, but it was now 12:15 and it was closed.  I had lunch with the group and went back around 4:45.  It was supposed to reopen around 5 pm.  I waited until after 5:30 and finally the lady came and opened up the shop.  I managed to send my postcards with the DHL stamps that I hadn't noticed when I bought them but my small package would have cost $212 to send home.  I opted to continue to carry the extra stuff.
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