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Hello, my friends!

First chance to get on the internet, so I thought I'd drop you all a line. Just ending our first week down here, traveling with my two sons, one of who just finished a semester of university in Villarrica. We rented a car and spent the time on Chiloe Island, camping on beaches (ocean and lake), hiking, eating, etc.. Now we are in Puerto Arenas on the Straits of Magellia -- sorry for any mis-spellings! -- where we have rented a camper van (pick it up tomorrow) for the next three weeks as we head north (Torres de Paine, etc) back to Pureto Vargas and our flights to Santiago and home.

I have my 100+ year old 5x7, 8 holders, and 50 sheets of FP4+. And a 210mm and a 180mm lens (FujiWs). An old Gitzo Reporter Performance tripod with a Bogan 3-way head as well. The screw just stripped on one of the brackets for the GG, but otherwise all is well. Only a few sheets of film exposed so far. I have a little Sony digital, but one on my sons has a full digital set-up and I'll just steal his images -- he'll be hiking way beyond my capability! Bryce is also fluent in the local Spanish...I only know enough to order a beer and pay for things with my credit card.

The windy season has just started down here, which will make things interesting. Because I am traveling with my sons, photography is not my main purpose -- experiencing this incredible place with them is -- but if I can get 3 to 5 images over the next three weeks I will be in bliss.

Dealing with a cold (blaming my sniffling son from New York) and a heart that does not always beat the way it is designed to (zapping me of energy -- especially on the uphill portions of hikes), but so it goes. Sun sets tonight at 10:10pm. Our mornings tend to be slow, but we go until just short of sunset...cooking dinner as it gets dark, in the sleeping bags by midnight, and on the road by 11-ish in the morning. With the campervan, our routine might change a little, but my two 21 year-olds are keeping me moving!

Probably will not get back on the internet for another 3 weeks (my sons are a different story), so I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and the best for the New year! I hope no one is badly impacted by the gov't shutdown -- I have heard the "T-word" only a couple times in the past week...bliss!

Vaughn in Chile
 

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I couldn't imagine a finer Christmas for you. Enjoy you time with the boys. Merry Christmas!!
 

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I spent two weeks in Chile about 30 years ago, and brought a medium format SLR kit (Bronica) Had a wonderful time travelling about, down as far south as Punta Arenas, up to Puerto Natales and Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, around Puerto Monte, and of course Santiago de Chile. I was there in late November, and celebrated Thanksgiving down there.
Within Parque Nacional Torres del Paine be sure to drive to see Lago Gray and the spectacular blue icebergs that calve off Glacier Grey at the far north of the lake. It is part of the world's second largest contiguous extrapolar ice field. The high mineral content makes the rivers brilliant green-blue throughout the park. Keep your eyes open for the herds of wild guanaco.
Near Puerto Montt I recall getting momentarily stuck (2 hr.) because of an ash flow from Volcan Osorno, and only successful extraction of stuck vehicles (including a bus) by a tractor!

I have memories of good food, and I have a particular favorable recollection of a meal of congrio (congor eel).
Lots of good memories of Chile and its inhabitants!

Enjoy the rest of your trip and its freedom from T.rump (Tyranasaurus rump)
 
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Sounds like a wonderful time, regardless of getting any photographs. Enjoy the time with your boys.
 

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Awesome trip.
 

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Vaughn if you are still around chloe on the weekend there is a great market where all the indigenous peoples come and sell their wares.
I have family in chile so I ho there often..great destination!!...
Enjoy!
 

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Look forward to seeing the pics and have a great festive holiday with your family.
 
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Back home in Blue Lake -- roads good all the way up from SoCal (landed at LAX). After 5000+km of driving roads in Chile and Argentina, CA roads are easy! I bypassed the Bay Area. I headed to Hwy 5 after dropping a son off in Santa Barbara), then back to Hwy 101 via Hwys 16 and 20. A touch over 14 hours of driving over a 26 hour period (slept in the car along Cache Creek after I got too drowsy last night). The creeks and rivers are all up and looking good.

Rats did not invade my house this time, all looks well.

Time to order some pyro developer for the thirty 5x7 negatives exposed (about 20 unique images) from Southern Chile. Might be five in there that could be considered 'keepers' if I am lucky. Lots of carry-on x-rays this trip...the 100-year old 5x7 confused some of the folks on the scanners -- and had to put the pliers in the check backs after they worried the security folks (look like scissors on the screens).
 
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Back home in Blue Lake -- roads good all the way up. (After 5000+km of driving roads in Chile and Argentina, CA roads are easy!) I bypassed the Bay Area. I headed to Hwy 5 after dropping a son off in Santa Barbara), then back to Hwy 101 via Hwys 16 and 20. A touch over 14 hours of driving over a 26 hour period (slept in the car along Cache Creek after I got too drowsy last night). The creeks and rivers are all up and looking good.

Rats did not invade my house this time, all looks well.

Time to order some pyro developer for the thirty 5x7 negatives exposed (about 20 unique images) from Southern Chile. Might be five in there that could be considered 'keepers' if I am lucky. Lots of carry-on x-rays this trip...the 100-year old 5x7 confused some of the folks on the scanners -- and had to put the pliers in the check backs after they worried the security folks (look like scissors on the screens).

Welcome home. If you lived a tad closer I'd invite you over for a bowl of Karen's Italian Tortellini and sausage soup. Plenty of crusty home made bread and pop the tops on some good local IPA's. You could regale us with tales of the sojourn. Can't wait to see your images, no hurry though, relax and get your witts about you after such a grand excursion.
Cheers!
 
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