A Hike Through The Land of Rainbows

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Torres Del Paine

Torres Del Paine is a National Park in the southernmost end of Chile. Because of the rugged mountainous terrain, massive glaciers, waterfalls, and crystalline lakes, this park has been designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It was also the start of our four-day hike on the world-renowned W Trek.

On the first day, we hiked four strenuous hours up a steep, narrow, rocky trail to the base of Las Torres (The Towers), three granite pillars that soar 9,350 feet above a blue-green lake. The view of the Towers was breath taking. After another fours hours descending the mountain, we stumbled into camp, ate a delicious meal, and settled into our tents.

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Las Torres

The next day we trekked for five hours through grasslands, alongside luminescent tuquiose lakes, and crossed over raging rivers on narrow, wooden bridges. The view of the mountains and the deep blue glaciers in the distance was stunning. This was the famous Patagonia Flats—not flat at all, but rolling hills with some steep climbs and descents. Fortunately, we only had to pack a light daypack as gauchos on horses transferred our tents and sleeping bags. We ended the day at a small refugio (a type of hostel) where we celebrated the day’s hike with local wine and beer…for a hefty price, but worth every peso.

On Day 3, we hiked through the French Valley and up into the mountains to a view of Los Cuernos (The Horns), an outcropping of granite peaks that actually look like giant horns. The beauty of these black and gray-streaked rocks, and the roar of calving glaciers made the hike worth the struggle. We spent the night at another refugio and nursed our blistered feet with more wine and beer.

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Los Cuernos

Our final day of hiking was a short trek into Grey Lake with its incredible view of Grey Glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap. At more than 187 miles long, the Ice Cap is the third source of fresh water on the planet. The weather is temperamental here with winds gusting in excess of 62 miles per hour. The first skill you learn is to hunker down when a gust blasts, so you don’t get blown over.

The glacier was stunning, but the winds were so fierce, it was almost impossible to hold still long enough to take photos. Tired and footsore, but energized by the sheer beauty of what we’d seen, we ended the trek with a catamaran ride across Lake Pehoe with its vibrant glacial-milk water.

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Intrepid hiker

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View of the Patagonia Flats

 

 

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Journey to the Bottom of the Earth!

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The next leg of our trip to Argentina was to Patagonia. After the 90°F heat and humidity of Buenos Aries, we flew three-and-a-half hours to El Calafate in Patagonia, and stepped off the plane into fierce, westerly winds and a chilly 50°F. The shorts disappeared and fleece took over.

Patagonia is located at the southern tip of South America. This 400,000 square mile region is the closest landmass to Antarctica. Chile and Argentina share Patagonia. It’s a vast, stark wilderness of seemingly barren landscapes, jagged mountain peaks, glistening glaciers, and turquoise-colored lakes. Ranching and tourism are the main industries.

Our first few days were spent exploring El Chalten, a small, backpackers’ town in Los Glaciares National Park surrounded by the Andean Mountains. We trekked through verdant forests into the rocky alpine to the summit of towering Mount Fitz Roy (11,171 feet). The view from the top was breathtaking, but the wind was howling, so we didn’t linger.

Dozens of glaciers exist within the boundaries of this park. Perito Moreno, the most famous, is the only glacier in the world that isn’t receding. Nothing is more exhilarating than the thundering roar of a calving glacier as massive chunks of ice break off and splash into the lake creating tsunami-like waves. Icebergs, the size of small ships, float in the clear waters of Lago Argentino.

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Perito Mereno Glacier

Another day we rafted down a pristine, glacial-melt river. Dressed in dry suits, we paddled through grade 4 rapids between canyons formed by ancient volcanoes and glaciers. What a rush!

Herds of wild gunacos (related to lamas) and rheas (large, flightless birds that resemble small ostriches) graze on the prickly shrubs on the hillsides, and Andean condors soar on the wind. With a wingspan of more than ten feet, the condor is the largest flying bird in the world.

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Laguna Torre

Protecting this fragile ecosystem is a priority for both Chile and Argentina. If you’re looking for a place where nature is at its most rugged and pristine, I recommend a trip to the bottom of the Earth. This unspoiled wilderness gives me hope for this planet.IMG_2070

 

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Lago Argentino with giant icebergs.

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Condor soaring the wind currents.

Another Five Star Review!

Reviews By Crystal

April 6, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition
Are you looking for a romantic suspense story that is going to have you clinging to the edge of your seat wondering what could possibly happen next? Well, I have the perfect book for you, Broken Trust by C.B. Clark is one of those incredible suspense-filled books. I love all of C.B. Clark’s books and I swear each one is my favorite.

Natasha Hartford has lived a life of fear, dread, and abuse. I felt an instant connection to Natasha and really just wanted to reach out and give her a hug. She sure didn’t expect to walk in on a crime scene when she arrived for her job interview.

Detective Chase Brandon is surprised to find a lady in the office of his homicide victim. Needless to say, he is full of questions and he wants answers. Natasha is nervous and doesn’t understand why this guy is being so tough on her. She just wants to go home where it’s safe.

This poor lady has been through too much and is now smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation that may or may not involve her jerk of an ex-husband. Never the less he has something up his sleeve and doesn’t mind dragging her into whatever it is he is up to.

Chase is determined he is going to protect Natasha and keep her safe. Natasha is still at times unsure of Chase. She doesn’t trust easily after everything she has been through. There is an attraction that has been there from the beginning and they do their best to ignore. All the friction only adds to that spark of attraction between them though. When they finally give in to that attraction things warm up quickly. There is a lot these two will have to overcome if they are going to stay safe and also find their way to a happily ever after.

Ms. Clark has done a fantastic job with yet another spellbinding story. She has added twists around corners that I never saw coming. She had me on the edge of my seat and flipping pages like a mad woman to see what could possibly happen next. The characters are fabulous and easy to connect with. Overall this is just one incredible story that I could not put down. I highly recommend Broken Trust to all romantic suspense fans. If you enjoy a suspenseful romance you are going to enjoy this book. If you are not already a fan of Ms. Clark’s you will be after you read this one.

I was given the opportunity to read this fantabulous story and it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you.

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Five Stars From Night Owl Reviews!

Wow! What an awesome review of Broken Trust!

C. B. Clark takes readers on a fabulous adventure with this romantic suspense story.

Detective Chase Brandon is a man who sees the world in black and white. Life is right or wrong and he believes every action has a consequence. Natasha Hartford is a woman who has seen a world of black and blue and she just wants to live her life in peace. Watching these two people come to terms with not only the scenario they find themselves in but their emotional baggage and their budding feelings was a pleasure. I loved how gritty and realistic things between them sometimes got. I enjoyed the ups and downs of their relationship and how intense things became as they delved deeper into the mystery and into their feelings. I loved the roller coaster ride I felt I was on while reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I gasped out loud and I couldn’t wait to see how the adventure would end.

If you’re looking for romantic suspense that traumatized it’s lead couple a little before giving in “Broken Trust” is definitely the read for you.

The Story: Natasha Hartford believes she is finally free from danger now that she’s left her abusive husband. But she finds herself involved in a murder and the detective in charge is making her feel things she never thought she would again.

Thank you Night Owl Reviews and Pauline Michael!

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