2015

Chile, Patagonia, Antarctic and a different side of Hawaii

We took two major trips this year.  The first was mainly to Antarctica but we visited Chile and Argentina, in particular the Patagonia Region, on the way to Ushuaia to catch a cruise.

We spent 5 days at the spectacular Torres del Paine NP undertaking walks and drives most days, with some time on the Argentinian side of the Patagonian ice field.

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Torres del Paine

After crossing Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula we immediately saw amazing frozen scenery and many penguins (mainly Gentoo).

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After a rough trip back to South America in huge seas and a force 10 gale, we visited Buenos Aires and Iguassu Falls before returning home.

For our fortieth wedding anniversary we decided on a short trip to Hawaii, somewhere we would not normally visit.  It was not for the beaches, which we barely visited, but for the volcanoes, mountain peaks, waterfalls and canyons.

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Kilauea – on the far side of the crater there used to be a viewing point that G visited
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On the way up Mauna Kea
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Some of the telescopes at the top of Mauna Kea
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Waimea Canyon on Kaua’i

It was a strange trip, as we were both ill with a virus, yet managed to travel up to mountain tops where it was below 0C, wore cold weather clothing and were at risk of altitude sickness. For most of the time we were dressed for hot tropical weather.

Unfortunately, we did not see an erupting volcano which was one of our objectives.

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