SANTIAGO, Chile – He was the local boy, very nearly making good, but deserving nevertheless the cheers of his neighbors.
They surrounded him, close to filling the tiny 6000 seat cauldron called Estadio Nacional on a hot Sunday afternoon as wiry Paul Capdeville almost held off the mighty USA in a drama of two acts. continue reading »
March 06 2011 | Davis Cup | 1 Comment »
SANTIAGO, Chile –- Friendly folks, the Chileanos, but they’re plotting a dirty deal for this week’s tourists, the gringos from the United States.
Bud at Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile
The dirt has been spread across Estadio Nacional’s center court, becoming a tennis battleground – the good earth for the local guys led by Nico Massu, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist in both singles and doubles, who hope to prolong the U.S. miseries on alien clay. continue reading »
March 03 2011 | Davis Cup | 1 Comment »
The Torres del Paine national Park is one of the jewels of the world, a stunning place of turquoise lakes, amazing mountains ….. it is not the end of the world, but the beginning!
Below is a collection of some sunrise scenes and a variety featuring the mountains we saw every minute from the Explora Patagonia Salto Chico….
To the west, the Cerro Cota and Cerro Catedral, to the north, a granite arete, the Shark’s Fin. To the east, The Sword, The Blade, The Mummer, The Horns. Farther west the huge granite cliffs of the Cerro Fortaleza and Cerro Escudo and the Torres del Paine.
February 26 2011 | Photos | No Comments »
I had always wanted to travel to Patagonia … at last we made it, following a marvelous two weeks on Easter Island, Rapa Nui. We traveled up the pampas from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, finally to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. It is an enchanted place. Not the end of the earth, but the BEGINNING, as one of the guides at Explora Patagonia told us.
As soon as we arrived,unpacked and had lunch, a simple little walk up a knob, Mirador de los Condors, provided dramatic views of the Massif and a taste of the famed wind.
We had all sorts of weather, rain, sun, wind, gorgeous clouds swirling around the peaks. A rainy day trek to Lake Nordenskjold was enjoyable even though we never had the great view of the massif with the horns in our face…..
Another rainy day excursion was to Lake Grey to see our first glaciers and the large lake. It all left a taste for more!
February 25 2011 | Photos | No Comments »
PATAGONIA, the very word evokes wild landscapes and adventure, huge spires of mountains and turquoise lakes.
We spent ten wonderful days at the end of March 2011 traveling from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales to Parque Nacional de Torres del Paine in southern Chile.
We were incredibly fortunate with weather on our flight from Santiago in that the clouds were parted. So often on that flight one sees nothing.
Our flight landed in Punto Arenas, the largest city in that part of the world, the capitol of Patagonia. It has a population of 55,000 and is at a latitude of 53 degrees south. It has been a prosperous city thanks to sheep, gas and now tourism.
From there, we drove (247 km, 153 miles) to Puerto Natales, founded May 1911, population 20,000, a gateway to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine….. we toured the local area around Puerto Natales, a fishing village and tourist mecca.
February 23 2011 | Photos | No Comments »