03.05.2014 - 12.05.2014
Hola family and friends!
We know it’s been a while, and we do apologize. This post is for the time we spent on the east coast (Puerto Madryn) at the beginning of May, right after we left the mountains and glaciers of the southern Patagonian Andes.
When we left Calafate, we went to a place across the country to the coast side and about and 10 hours north. It was getting pretty chilly in the south and we needed a little bit more warmth. And we needed a place to kill 2 weeks until we could go WWOOFing.
The tune of Puerto Madryn was chill and the goal was to find some sweet wildlife, including a penguin. We arrived to Puerto Madryn at the end of penguin season and the very beginning of whale season. We had the potential to see both or… neither. We rented an apartment on the outskirts of town which suited us well. The town was nice, but very quite as it was the fall and the beach goers had all left. It was a tad unfortunate that there was not much going on but we came for sea-life and a break from the mountains.
We did a whale and sea lion tour on our second day there. It was a long drive to and around the peninsula with a lot of nothing going on for most of the journey. But we ended up seeing quite a bit: some sea lions, female elephant seals, and a whale - though it was a ways off the shore. .. at the end of this tour we made one last stop to see some sea lions a little more up close and we managed to find a couple penguins! It was excellent because I knew Meredith really wanted to see some. So check that off the list.
I had my 24th birthday in Puerto Madryn. It was a perfect day. We got up early and went to the beach where we met a boat that was going to take us to a sea lion colony. We were wearing full wet suits and fins, and were allowed to swim with the baby sea lions for an hour. It was excellent. We both had them all over us, nudging us, chewing on our fins, and I even got a birthday kiss from Meredith and a sea lion.
After sea lions we went home to change and wash the ocean off. Meredith made a picnic and heated water for some mate. But when we went to beach to eat it, it started to rain, so we went back to the house and had our mate there. After a sneaky dog came up from behind me and stole half of my sandwich! Meredith did the most amazing thing: she found the 5th game of thrones book, a book that I have been looking for in Spanish book stores for months. And she found it, cause she is excellent. So I read the book for a bit, then we made dinner, drank some good wine and eventually watched a movie. It was simple and chill and nice.
On our last day in Puerto Madryn, we walked along the beach/coastline in our bare feet and then we found a nice spot on the rocks to eat lunch. While we were eating we met another penguin friend! Meredith wanted to take him home because he was all alone and needed a family.
From Puerto Madryn we took a bus to a town called El Bolson, Argentina; where we were going to be working on a man’s ranch for 6 weeks.
Next post coming soon… ish.
We will everyone back home and hope you are all doing well!
Meredith y Thomas