On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020) as a place to share our adventures and observations, no matter where we are. 💕
On the Road: Week of September 28 (5 am)
Albatrossity – Summertime in Scotland – #2
lashonharangue – Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
🐾BillinGlendaleCA – Warp Speed Ahead and into the Vortex…
dmbeaster – Joshua Tree National Park
way2blue – Palawan Province, Philippines #2
After Dark: Week of September 28 (10pm)
We have the final 5 installments of lashonharangue in Chile!
Parks After Dark: Week of October 5 (10pm)
randy khan – Mirror, Mirror – Crater Lake National Park
Dagaetch – Acadia National Park
Dagaetch – Harold Parker State Forest
2 slots still open
As you can see, we are sticking with the 10 pm time, which was my preference anyway, so that definitely works for me! Get your submissions in for Parks After Dark, and start sending Fall Colors and New Orleans, as well!
lashonharangue in Chile
Driving south from Villa Cerro Castillo we headed for Puerto Río Tranquilo on Lago General Carrera. This is the site of the famous Marble Caves. Unfortunately when we got there it was too windy to take a boat out on the lake to see them. We found a nice private campground in town and decided to reshuffle our itinerary.
Just a place we decided to pull over and take a picture. I love the turquoise and purple colors of the water.
The next day we made a day trip further south to see the confluence of the Río Baker and Neff. The difference in color between the two is because the turquoise Río Baker is fed by water with glacial sediments.
There is a cascade upstream of the confluence.
The Río Baker has a larger volume so downstream of the confluence it is still turquoise. This was taken the next day as we drove from Puerto Río Tranquilo to Parque Nacional Patagonia.
It was really exciting to spot our first group of guanacos. Guanacos (Lama guanicoe) are the wild relatives of domesticated llamas (Lama glama).
The guanacos we saw didn’t seem to have as strong a herd instinct as llamas. Some would hang out on their own away from others.
This is a brand new park that has recently been donated, along with other land, from the Thompkins Conservation organization to the Chilean government. The plane was in front of the park headquarters buildings. We had a great meal in the restaurant there.
There was one other camper in the campground. We stayed one night as the hiking there was mostly in exposed scrub land and we wanted to get back to Puerto Río Tranquilo to see the Marble Caves.