Goodbye Sao Paulo, Hello Patagonia

Well, after two months in Sao Paulo, Cris and I are content to say that we’ve had the full Paulistano experience and are ready to get back to traveling and doing cool, once-in-a-lifetime stuff.  That’s about it.  With that, I figured it was time to give this blog a jump start and let you know what we’re up to.

We’ve made the decision to return to Los Angeles and resume our lives there, something we are excited to do in late January or early February, 2013.  Between now and then we will be exploring the enormously vast expanses of Patagonia in Argentina and Chile, having Christmas in Buenos Aires with Cris’s family, and ringing in the New Year in Uruguay.  After that we’ll head back to Patagonia, near Bariloche, for a fishing trip with my parents.  It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we have a sense of peace knowing that despite our extremely vague plans for the next month, we are experts at knowing what we like to do and that we’re going to do it right.

On top of that (and in the spirit of Thanksgiving), Cris and I are feeling particularly thankful for having had this time to sort out our perspectives on life, marriage, career, spirit, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.  Without our health and the support of what turned out to be an immense and hugely charitable community, we could never have done it.  I’m sure this theme will continue through the end of our journey, but I figured today was a particularly good one to take note of what doesn’t always get noted.

So, without further ado, check out the pictures below from the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentinian Patagonia near the little town of El Calafate.  It was a full day including a scenic bus ride, a boat trip across the lake, and a 14km hike around and over the glacier itself.  The guide was very knowledgeable about the glacier and it was just generally magnificent to be out there on this humungous piece of ice that is constantly moving, changing, and (unusually) never shrinking.  Check it out:


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5 thoughts on “Goodbye Sao Paulo, Hello Patagonia

  1. John and Cris,
    And a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to you! Several years back, Cary and I also spent our Christmas in Bariloche, did the lake crossing into Chile, and spent the New Year in
    Patagonia via Chile. Gorgeous! Have an exciting time with your folks and hope to see you upon your return to LA. God’ Blessings!

  2. Leaves you lots to ponder, this roaming around. Great use of glacier ice by the way. Linda and I spend three weeks in France this fall and have decided we will wander closer to home for a while. Used WordPress to keep a journal of our trip and found it fun and insightful.
    Have tied about ten dozen flys for you for your trip to Patagonia so far. Most are streamer patterns based on what the trip guide sheet suggested. I get to be with you even if it is in your fly box…

  3. Yay for the return of the blog! Been looking for an update on here even though I know what you’re up to from talking to Bobby. :)

    Those pictures are unreal. Just unreal. John, the one of you sitting in the midst of that giant glacier is so crazy that it almost looks photoshopped. Haha.

    Onward and upward!

    • Yeah, I forgot how refreshing it was to put thoughts onto paper. You’ll be hearing more at least for one more month. BTW, those pictures barely capture the scale of things there. Thanks to Cris’s skills with the camera for doing a great job of it.

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