Traveling Nancy

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Upsala Glacier


Another amazing day!  I walked across the street from Las Dunas Hotel in the morning to see this view across the lake.

This is the view from Las Dunas Hotel in el Calafate.

Pat, Jane, Andy, and I opted for a different tour from the rest of the group. We took a bus (and saw wonderful cloud formations)…

We saw these cloud formations from the bus.

…which took us to the Catamaran for a 2 1/2 to 3 hour boat ride on Lake Argentino. It is the largest lake in Argentina.

We were excited about this adventure.

Pat, Nancy, and Andy are on the Catamaran.

Although I was already missing Antarctica, the view here were wonderful.

This is a view of the hillside off Lake Antarctica.

This is aview of a mountain from Lake Antarctica.

There was a lot of floating ice in the lake and the blue color was vibrant.  You would think we had our fill of floating ice and icebergs, but I loved seeing every one of them.  They were mostly, of course, scaled-down versions compared to Antarctica.

This is a beautiful glacier in Lake Argentina.

Photo take by Pat Burnett

The ice is floating in Lake Argentina.

I actually got a photo of a Kelp Gull.

This Kelp Gull flew over Lake Argentina.

From the boat we saw where Upsala Glacier came down to the lake. We couldn’t actually go right up to the edge of it.

This is Upsala Glacier

When we got off the boat we were picked up in a  jeep. There were 11 of us in this jeep. Here are Jane, Andy, Pat, another couple, and I before we departed.

We are in front of the jeep that takes us to our hike.

Photo by Andy Golay

We had a 45 minute drive over rough road before we began our hike.

Andy is on the the trail going to Upsala.

The trail twisted and turned with spectacular views.

We were hiking to Upsala Glacier

At one point I stopped to change the battery in my camera and missed that the group had made a turn.  I saw them down below me and reversed my steps to get to them.

I found them below me on the path.

We paused by one of the upper lakes.

I am by one of the lakes.

We continued along the switchbacks and path by more lake views.

The path went along the lakes.

The views of the glaciers made this part of our hike well worthwhile.

Here is Andy at Upsala Glacier.

Pat is by the lake with a view of Upsala Glacier.

I am standing above the glacier.

I took this panoramic view.

This is a panorama of the glaciers and lake.

One fascinating thing was that in 2010 so much of the glacier had broken off  so that the ice in the lake made getting to the hike we did today impossible.

Another unbelievable thing was to see photos of the size of the glacier in 1928. It is so amazing to see how much of it has disappeared .

This map shows how the glacier is disappearing.

The hike was definitely not easy. It was 3:30 before we stopped for lunch on the rocks.

Pat and Jane are having lunch with the group.

We didn’t take much time for lunch because the guide told us that we had only gone 3 1/2 km so far with at least 11 more to go.

We had to walk over down some loose rocky paths and and shale.

The group is hiking down from Upsala Glacier.

This is Andy at Upsala Glacier

There were fossils in the path.  These are Belemnite fossils. Belemnites were animals that lived in the sea. They are now extinct. A fossil Belemite is usually the guard, the back part of the shell and looks like a dart or bullet.

These are Belemnite Fossils.

These are Belemnite Fossils.

These are Ammonite fossils.  Ammonites are perhaps the most widely known fossil, possessing the typically ribbed spiral-form shell. These creatures lived in the seas between 240 -65 million years ago when they became extinct along with dinosaurs.

This is an Ammonite Fossil.

This is a Ammonite Fossil.

We also saw fools gold embedded into the rock.

This is fools gold.

I always like seeing birds and this hawk was no exception.  It landed right near us.

This hawk landed right near us.

The variety of landscapes walked through was very surprising. Sometimes it felt like we were in high desert.  The color of the rock formations was absolutely stunning.

The rocks were so beautiful.

Shale Hiking - Upsala.

I love the color of the rocks.

This  bolder that had broken off was so beautiful.

This beautiful bolder broke off.

I loved this cloud formation.

Cloud - Upsala

After we made it through the rocky paths, we walked though grassy fields.

e walked through grassy fields.

The guide told us that these steer were wild and to stay clear of them.

The guide told us these steer were wild.

We never took a break for the rest of the hike.  We finally arrived at this bridge where Andy was waiting for us. There was a water wheel at the end of the bridge.

Andy is waiting at the end of the bridge.

Andy took a photo of us.

We are walking across the bridge.

Photo taken by Andy Golay

We still had to walk for a while longer and we had to hurry because the catamaran was waiting for us. We didn’t get back to the Catamaran until about 5:30. Then we still had a 2 hour boat ride back to the bus. Most of the people slept on the way back.  The whole trip took 11 hours.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

3 thoughts on “Upsala Glacier

  1. dont’ you miss the trails club and forest park – we would NEVER not have lunch until 3:30 – there would be a mutiny – see you soon – so glad you are having such a great time but then you always do –


  2. Am leaving my Island tomorrow,going home..See you when you get home..Enjoy what ever time you have left.Wow,what a trip,you are having..


  3. That sounded like a very full day!


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