Scotch on the Rocks

Trip Start Dec 02, 2010
Trip End Mar 04, 2011

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thursday 30th December
Today was a full day visit to Perito Moreno Glacier. The Perito Moreno Glacier was formed when rivers of ice eroded, carving out large steep-sided valleys. The valleys were occupied by vast lakes with typical glacial-melt waters of a milky turqouise colour. Ths is from the minute powdered particles which are held in suspension. On the valleys´ slopes the woods established themselves..... Or so my leaflet tells me. The truth is Perito Moreno evokes a feeling of grandeur. It stretches on like a never-ending kingdom of ice, its blue tinged turrets melting into the horizon. It appears nestled between the valley´s sides as though trapped- But this is far from the truth. Being an advancing glacier, Perito Moreno is very much alive. It groans and creaks as though complaining of the weight of the valleys which insist upon it. It calves (technical term for when ice drops away) frequently as though shedding a new skin and icebergs bob in the azure water.

We went on the mini ice trekking trip, which involved a boat ride to the front of the glacier, a talk on glaciology followed by a 2 hour ice walk using crampons and culminating a glass of scotch on rocks (using the glacial ice of course). Having just spent nearly two weeks in Antarctica I wasn't sure whether Perito Moreno might have been a let down in comparison. However, it was awe inspiring. The glacier appeared to arrive as if from nowhere, as none of the surrounding scenery gave any clues as to what lay at the end of the lake. Our photos don't really do it justice to be honest, but if you are thinking of going, then just do it. You won't be disappointed.

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