Posted in Flagyl on February 10, 2017

At Marcela’s Art Show in Futa

I flew into Bariloche by my nerves tingling from both the violence and the boredom of sitting adhering a plane/in airports for 2 days. A loved of Fidgit’s and mine, Cheri, was lenient enough to pick me up, furnish with provisions me, and bring me into metropolis. After a night in Bariloche, I headed toward the ~ to meet up with Fidgit in Esquel, and we took a bus across the border to Futaleufu to come together some friends from last season during Marcela’s Art Show (remember the painter from Villa O’Higgins?). It was in such a manner lovely to see so many close acquaintance faces in one place, and we without delay caught up. Unfortunately Fidgit and I had to farewell after a mere 24 hours in town to come back to Bariloche and endure our trek. We bussed back into Bariloche and ended up having to wait a week as antidote to the weather to clear so we could kayak transversely Lago Nahuel Huapi as planned. During that week, we were clever to continue catching up with friends from extreme season and even made a conjoin new friends along the way. It was a dead transition for me to get used to corrosive late and the norm to have existence at someone’s house until sometime since into the night. I adapted allowing, and we were able to put into circulation the time, even while being expeditious to get on our way.

Taking a luncheon break along Nahuel Huapi

Neon and Fidgit kayaking towards Brazo Rincon

Finally the epoch had come- the weather had cleared, the lake was brilliant, and we had procured enough boats toward the three of us- Cheri was to have existence our first short-term addition to Her Odyssey, and we couldn’t consider been more excited! With the repress of Dylan, Cheri’s husband, we got entirely of our stuff packed into the boats and were away, paddling and talking across the irrigate. Paddling is very different from hiking and my coat of ~ felt it. We made it over the open water and stopped at the same time the beaches of Isla Victoria a wed of times throughout to stretch our legs and hasty repast before finding a campsite along the supply with ~ . I awoke the next morning to peremptory arm muscles and sore abs, however we persevered and made it to our friable portage near Villa La Angostura. From in that place, we again paddled across open sprinkle and calender to a small island for a shiver and then into Brazo Rincon, in what place we were to meet Dylan and inaugurate our foot travel. We made it to the campsite a day after the fair afternoon and had time for a yerba inti~ break before Dylan arrived. Many hugs and caring wrangling were exchanged before we parted, Dylan, Cheri, and the kids back to Bariloche, Fidgit and I headed thwart the frontera into Chile and back onto the Greater Patagonia Trail (GPT).

Neon, Cheri, and Fidgit speech farewell for now

We made it into Chile rear the border patroller decided to make inquiry about if I did any drugs, including cocaine, and went from one side my med bag asking what my Flagyl was concerning. It turned out they were breeding some new recruits, and the undivided going through my bag was bashful. It seemed as though he was education them how to play bad cop/immaculate cop, or whatever they call it into disrepute here.

Crossing the Volcano towards the lava flows

The next morning, Fidgit and I began our imbrue walk up the side of Volcan Puyehue. I was nice for all of the biking I had been doing in the away-season and not so grateful as being the excessive amount of food I was carrying. We stopped at the refugio at treeline and met a two from Europe hiking/packrafting south on the GPT – our first other thru-hikers! They were excited to be careful us as well, saying they’d been off for 3 weeks, and we were the pristine other long-distance hikers they had seen, AND they remember us from our website – in what manner neat is that?! Our sprits soaring from that interaction, Fidgit and I made our march up and around the volcano, following the European couple’s footprints end the snow and the GPT tracks without interrupti~ our GPS. We made it right and left the volcano but not quite betwixt the lava flows so we tucked in as far as concerns the night on a dry blemish and melted some snow for take in ~. I fell asleep quickly, only to subsist woken up near daybreak by roaring winds advent through where we had thought we had tucked absent the night before. Fidgit and I couldn’t lie in the grave, so we groggily prepared for the epoch and headed out into the firm winds. Thankfully, the wind was almost blowing the direction we were going, with equal rea~n I only had to lean a illiberal to my right as we made our plan of conduct up and over the mounds of talus toward where we would be going between 2 lava fields – one being from whereas the volcano most recently erupted in 2011. The views were prodigious – I don’t know that I had for~ been that close to a steaming lava scope before.

Neon and the 2011 Lava roll on on a windy morning

As we exited the territory between the two flows, I looked up and by-word an owl perched about 20 feet too high for me on the 2011 flow vigilance Fidgit go past. I breathed ~right and it noticed me. As we stared at each other, there was a small strain bird flitting around the owl, in semblance upset, but the owl was in greater numbers focused on us humans, not to have existence bothered by another bird, as it watched us thwart across the snow below it. Such ~y experience I doubt I would be in possession of had, had I not chosen to join my friend on this adventure she dreamed up.

As we continued across the snowfield, I was enjoying the inspect and also concerned as to whether we would complete it to flowing water and/or treeline that adversity. About mid-afternoon, my concerns abated as we found both, and even a trail through the woods that took us the floor, down, down to a warmer climate and a soft campsite where I was versed to rest my weary legs.

Water cause/awesome break spot

A fence line in the campo

We set right hand the next morning through the trees, and I got to actual feeling the joy of going downhill adhering sore down-hill-going muscles. Oh, the joys of readjusting to trail life. The GPT chiefly followed cow trails and two-footmark up and around a couple mountains to the degree that it neared Lago Maihue. At one point, we were reminded how reinvigorated this trail is, as we stingily went off a dirt/bamboo covered overhanging rock attempting to follow an investigatory course. The climate had gone from cold and windy on the volcano to glowing and humid in the valley, and I was drenching through my shirt before 10 a.m. greatest part days. We were able to achieve a small resupply near the city of Maihue; I didn’t indigence much because I had overpacked cheer in Bariloche.

Looking out at Lago Maihue

Standing mixed giants

Dinner time on the trail

We were concerned taken in the character of we came up to the southerly end of Reserva Huilo-Huilo, to the degree that we had been told there may be guards to turn us back at the door. Thankfully, we didn’t run into anyone, ~-end we did see some curious cows beside the way. The horse path we followed into the Reserva turned into two-track, then turned into path, and turned back into sum of ~ units-track dirt road for the walk into Puerto Fuy. We ran into Park Guards at the northern end of the Reserva who took photos of our IDs and told us we weren’t allowed to be there and to not come back. They in addition told us the Reserva was a ferocious place for the Huemul and Guanaco, not spread to people. We walked out of the demureness, promising to not come back and made our mode into Puerto Fuy on a inferior dirt road.

I was tired, and such was Fidgit. We found ourselves a Hospedaje, showered, and resupplied. As we tucked ourselves in as antidote to the night, the rain began. We listened to it pounding the canopy above us through the night and into the next day. After checking the weather, we clear to stay in town and arrest up on some things, which would hopefully allow the rain to pass through prior to we headed out on the next leg of our journey.

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