From: Dustin Balderach
To: Tye Chapman
Date: Wed, Feb 14, 2018
Subject: Back in Puerto Natales
We couldn’t have asked for a better last day in Torres del Paine National Park. The heavy rain and extreme winds we ‘endured’ yesterday afternoon from the comfort of the Refugio Grey died down overnight, and we awoke to a rare ‘splitter’ day here. As in not a cloud in the sky. The type of day you get once or twice a season in Patagonia. Perfect. Especially considering on the agenda for today was a boat ride on Lago Grey.
Once aboard, we cruised up near the different faces (or branches) of Grey Glacier where it spits into Lago Grey. Truly an amazing sight. Then we went the length of the lake taking in perfect panoramas of the entire Paine massif. Views constantly change with new peaks popping up just as others faded. Huge granite peaks with hanging glaciers and branches of the Southern Patagonia Icefield pouring into lakes. The stiff pisco sours chilled by glacier ice didn’t hurt.
Once ashore our private transport picked us up and we enjoyed more fantastic views on the drive back through the park. We could see everything! Lots of stops for photos added to the commute time but I didn’t hear any complaints.
We are stepping out the door to head to our ‘farewell to Chile’ dinner. Tomorrow we’ll head across the border into Argentina with our destination being El Calafate for a couple nights. The group is looking forward to Argentina and checking out the Fitz Roy area this weekend. Chile has been great to us, but here we come Argentina!