Torres Del Paine: Transit and Day One

I have been wishing to visit Torres del Paine ever since 1983 when I was in Punta Arenas and saw a B&W photo of some astonishing mountains nearby.  Finally after nearly 30 years I was able to fulfill this dream along with Monica and some friends.

Monica and I travelled from Bariloche to Puerto Varas via bus and spent the night.  The weather was fine and we enjoyed the Osorno volcano and met our friend Peggy (ASU) and new friend Cheryl (from DC).  We enjoyed some seafood at the palafitos restaurants at Angelmo (including another curantos) and then flew to Punta Arenas, arriving late and meeting two other new friends, Matt and Liz (Peggy’s friends, also from DC).  Early the next AM our driver Eduardo picked us up and drove us to catch the boat at Laguna Grey in Torres del Paine NP.  The icebergs were awesome but the lake crossing was very rough, with rain and heavy winds.  After checking into the newly opened (and pretty darn swank) Refugio Grey, we took a quick hike to an awesome overlook of the Grey Glacier.  An amazing sunset on the mountains ensued and we headed to bed.    Full pics here.

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