Day 32 – Ushuaia

 

First a little background on Ushuaia courtesy of Wikipedia.

Ushuaia is the capital of Provincia de Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur Province, Argentina. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world (a title long disputed by smaller Puerto Williams). Ushuaia is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel. It is the only municipality in the Department of Ushuaia, which has an area of 9,390 km2 (3,625 sq mi).

Our hotel, Los Cauquenes, is very nice and located right on Beagle Channel. This was our view out the window first thing this morning. The sun’s angle is always quite low because of our southerly latitude of almost 55 degrees.

 

Too bad – didn’t bring my clubs. This was a very nice course which we could see right from the road.

 

We decided to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park
which was created in 1960 and borders Chile. No we did not go to Chile, enough border crossings for a while (except to go home, of course).

These mountains are over in Chile. We were very lucky with the weather – despite the fact it was cloudy, we were told this was the best day in quite a while. They get so little sunshine here the children are all given large doses of vitamin D.

 

My Spanish does not contain a translation for the sign so I’ll call for help from the audience – my guess would be Bay of Ensenada.

 

But no sign is needed to express the beauty of these mountains.

 

Then we have the most southerly Post Office in the world – postcards and a stamp for your passport – perfect.

 

I think this sign basically says we were half way between nowhere …

 

Must have had a mail boat here, they have a dock.

 

We were very lucky – Bill and Biddy Bolsover had decided not to drive, hired a car which came with a driver / guide. We followed and as a consequence, we understood what we were looking at. Thanks Bill and Biddy …

 

Their driver / our guide at the Visitors Center – a fascinating place with all sorts of displays depicting local history.

 

A very lifelike canoe with native Indians paddling – as our British friends would say –”Brilliant”.

 

This mountain lays half in Argentina and half in Chile – I wonder how one crosses the border when climbing.

 

There are several bodies of water in the Park – this one is all fresh water fed by melting snow from the mountains.

 

I guess I forgot to mention, this part of the world has plenty of wind – enough to make waves at the water’s edge and whitecaps out on the lake.

 

There is no shortage of spectacular scenery here in the Park.

 

Something different everywhere you look.

 

This little walking trail promised something to do with beavers.

 

This little diagram detailed how beavers live and work. It also indicated that local beavers grow to 1.5 meters in length and weigh up to 50 pounds – that is a big beaver!

 

Apparently 25 pairs of beavers were brought here by the British to be raised for their fur. They multiplied at an incredible rate and the bad news is their fur is worthless because of their environment. They are, however, fully capable of building dams and making a major nuisance of themselves.

 

But the damage they have done is quite extensive. These trees were all drowned because of the beaver dams.

 

Ah, the “End of the World” which is disputed but defined here by the end of Route 3. That definition works just fine for me and I can now put a checkmark in that box.

 

This father and son team of James (left) and Max (right) Stephenson came in first overall in the Rally – CONGRATULATIONS guys! They were driving a 1923 Vauxhall, always smiling and really great companions.

 

For those not intimately familiar with Route 3 in South America, perhaps this sign will help you locate it.

 

Sad to say that we leave tomorrow but it will be great to get home. It has been a fabulous trip which took us to previously unheard of places which we shared with old friends from Peking to Paris and new friends trying out this craziness for the first time.

I’m about out of pictures and words for the moment but I’m sure Lloyd and I will write an epilog as we did for “P to P”. Many of you have left comments on our site which we never had a chance to respond to – South America only has 24 hours in their day also. We would like to thank all of you for your interest and support. If you would like to contact us in the future, please email us at:

    Lloyd        lcd@alphametrics.com

    Chuck        chuck.schwager@sungard.com

Travel home tomorrow so that’s about it for now …

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