Destinations, Musings, Patagonia, Photography, South America

Patagonia Preview: Thanks to the Princess Bride

February 4, 2012

“Roberts had grown so rich, he wanted to retire. He took me to his cabin and he told me his secret. ‘I am not the Dread Pirate Roberts’ he said. ‘My name is Ryan; I inherited the ship from the previous Dread Pirate Roberts, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from is not the real Dread Pirate Roberts either. His name was Cummerbund. The real Roberts has been retired 15 years and living like a king in Patagonia.’

I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that my fascination with this crazy region at the ends of the earth began with a little line from the Princess Bride. Little did I know the first time I watched it (while home sick from summer camp), that all these years later, I’d be flying to the tip of South America to explore a place that’s captivated my imagination for so long.

Since we flew down to Punta Arenas on my birthday, Ted gave me the window seat (aww….), and I spent blissful hours watching the world of volcanoes, lakes, glaciers, and mountains pass beneath our wings. Take a peek, and enjoy the view!

Departing the hot desert of northern Chile…

Active Volcanoes

Beautiful islands on decent into Puerto Montt

Snow-capped Beauties

I have a thing for setting the scene with music. It’s a good soundtrack, I promise…

Enormous Glaciers!

The tip of the world, across the Straight of Magellan from Tierra del Fuego.

Yes, I’m officially geeking out. Best. Birthday. Ever.

Tomorrow, Ted and I leave bright and early to begin a five day, four night adventure on the “W” Track in Torres del Paine National Park. Gratefully, the area has re-opened to trekkers after the enormous forest fire that began on December 27th consumed more than 50,000 acres in the south and eastern portions of the park.

While we’re away from the computer this week, I’ll leave you with a few tidbits and pre-scheduled posts. Can’t wait to share the photos and stories that this coming week is bound to supply!

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  • Reply Heather Espana February 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Woohoo! What a birthday! :-D

  • Reply Stephanie - The Travel Chica February 5, 2012 at 4:25 am

    I bused there, so I did not get to see these incredible aerial views. Wow!

    • Reply twoOregonians February 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Yep, this was the most amazing view I think I’ve ever had on a flight. Definitely a tip for anyone soaring over the length of Chile: snag that window seat!

  • Reply Kim February 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Beautiful photos.

  • Reply Birthday Magic in Patagonia | twoOregonians March 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

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