A Random day in Puerto Natales

Trip Start Jan 19, 2008
Trip End May 01, 2008

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

So, Kat and I are now just killing some time until we board the Navimag ferry at 9pm. The weather today has been much, much worse, and apparently much more typical for this time of year. We said goodbye to Norma and Bernita and, leaving our packs with them, set off to hire a couple of bikes with a plan to cycle up to Puerto Borias. Itīs about 6km from Puerto Natales, and apparently had an interesting museum. Iīd heard the name somewhere before but couldnīt quite place it - but assumed itīd be a fishing museum or something like that. Anyway, after a quick cycle around Puerto Natales we set off on the lakeside road for P.B. The wind was very strong and the 6k were very hard work. We picked up a small friend on the way out of P.N. He faithfully followed us all the way to the museum, all the way around it, and about half the way back before finally tiring and switching allegiance to a bunch of walkers travelling in the other direction. I was keen to adopt him for the day and buy him a can of dog food but Kat, contrary to her usual animal instincts, didnīt want to, she didnīt want to get upset at the end of the day when we would have to say goodbye... ahhhhh! :)

After a few stints we finally reached the museum, at which point I remembered where weīd heard the name Puerto Borias before. It was mentioned by our tour guide on the way to Torres del Paine. P.B was the site of the original sheep processing plant that gave rise to the town of Puerto Natales. So, Kat and I enjoyed a 1 hour audio tour of the slaughter rooms and freezing plants! Needless to say, Kat is going veggy again for a while :)

Kat: Everytime I stopped and all the time I was battling against gale force winds Matt would say 'Think of the sense of acheivement when you get thereī but as it turned out when I got there all I was thinking about was the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of sheep!!  As Matt puts it īThe silence of the lambsī!

Once back in P.N. we collected our bags and walked, now soaking with the seasonal rain, to check in our bags. Upon turning the corner onto the lakeside we were pleasantly surprised to see a large cruise liner loom into view. Kat was excited and commented that perhaps there would be a casino and cinema on board. I suggested possibly a heated outdoor pool. Unfortunately our eyes then gazed further downstream where a more likely suspect had just docked...
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