Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 260
Temperature : 16 degrees
Weather : Sunny morning, cloudy afternoon
We have arrived at the Pingo Salvaje Estancia….and we could stay here for a month. Effectively, we have the whole house to ourselves because there are no other guests here. There's an enormous living room with big with views to the nearby lake, comfy leather sofas and a huge open fireplace that we light in the afternoons and evenings, and we sit by it sipping some wine and listening to the crackling of the open fire. We have a fabulous bedroom with a super comfy bed, REAL duvet and big, soft cushions and pillows. We have our own bathroom with fluffy, soft towels, and our own kitchen and dining room
We were collected at 11.30am from our awful hostel in Puerto Natales by Paola, our guide at the estancia. We had arrived in Puerto Natales on the previous day, after an uneventful bus journey across the border into Chile. We’d used our time in PN to get some cash from the ATM’s, get some food shopping for the next few days and get some blogging done on the internet. We managed to find some information from the Erratic Rock Hostel about camping equipment and the W trek in Torres del Paine. This will come in handy for a few days time.
The afternoon of our arrival at the estancia I took a two hour sleep in the super comfy bed. Kevin watched a movie on the computer by the fire. We cooked dinner for ourselves in the evening and then watched another movie, sipping more wine, by the fire. Could we be any lazier?! Now this may sound odd to all you guys back home, but you have to remember, that the last time we had this much space to ourselves, and this much peace and quiet was probably before we sold our house in the UK to come travelling over eight months ago…and even then we had six months of demolishon and building work going on before we sold the house in the first place
Today, we went for our first horse ride with Paola. What’s great about riding here, is that you have saddles which are lined with wool which gives extra padding and warmth….they are so comfortable. We were also given these leather leg thingy-majicks (excuse my ignorance regarding the name)..but they stop any discomfort on your calves caused by the stirrup straps….great! I was given a horse called Tordo, a lovely dark brown, sturdy, and more importantly, calm horse, who apparently likes to eat a lot, and Kevin was given Blancita, a huge white (grey!) mare who gets a bit spooked if you unzip your jacket too quickly! We headed up over the hills to the back of the estancia where we could see the mountains in the distance and the lake which is close to the estancia. We decided that it was photograph time so Kevin removed his small day back to get the camera out….only he hadn’t given Blancita enough warning, and she had a bit of a panic, started jumping about all over the place, turning round in circles with a paralysed Kevin on top who had managed to lose his reigns, and nearly the camera too which was tangled up in the reigns, out of Kevin’s reach! Fortunately Paola was on the case, and she swiftly got the situation under control, and Kevin, and the camera, were promptly saved.
Lesson one…always tell Blancita what you’re going to do, and lesson two….never let go of your reigns. Let’s hope tomorrows five hour ride doesn’t have any unexpected surprises.