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Published: October 11th 2018
Walked over to the dining room around 8:15 so a little late. Had a quick breakfast so we could make the 9:00am meeting time for the Full Paine – Glacier Grey tour. Even though it was called Full Paine it wasn’t painful at all, it was actually quite easy.
Our guide for the day was Josie and we were with the same lovely group people we had met the previous day on our bus trip in. Bob and Marta who had dinner with us the night before from Texas, Ron and Maria from Utah, David and Mary from UK and Michelle, an American now living in Puerto Rico. Weather today was cloudy but most of the time very sunny and we managed to keep warm enough the whole day. The wind as we expected was the biggest problem, Daisy almost got blown backwards on our first short hike but at times I got out of the bus without my puffer jacket and it was bearable even though the temperature high was suppose to 0 degrees.
What a fantastic introduction it was to Torres Del Paine National Park. We first visited some viewpoints including a short hike to the Salto
Grande waterfall before arriving at Lago Grey Hotel where we had a 30 minute hike across some rough pebbly ground to the shore of Lago Grey (Grey Lake) where we boarded a boat that took us right up to Glacier Grey. It was also time to have our packed lunch which was prepared by the hotel and given to us before leaving. It was delicious and nutritious and certainly more than enough for lunch.
It was a 60 minute trip each way and we spent an hour touring the glacier which is separated into 3 parts. The first thing we noticed were the large chunks of ice that had split off from the glacier and had made their way to the other side of the lake where we boarded. We were blessed with such good weather, that the boat was able to get up closer than usual to the glacier. Also the boat commentary was excellent with explanations on why the glaciers were a certain colour and how the valleys and glaciers formed. The scenery here was spectacular and lived up to all our expectations. In fact, just the drive to the lake was spectacular in itself.
the cruise we had time to visit three more spectacular viewpoints, one of which is often clouded over but was nice clear to day, we have been very lucky on this first day in Patagonia.
Arriving back at the hotel at 6:45, Josie suggested we book our excursions for the following day, I was still in two minds about doing the most difficult trek up to the lake at the three towers but Bob and Maria were also the same as me and we decided we would give it a go, so stay tuned to find out whether I make it to the top. Daisy opted for a couple of half day tours with the others.
We all agreed to meet for dinner and booked our table for 19:15 and had a wonderful evening exchanging stories, enjoying the food and having lots of laughs. We certainly have been lucky meeting so many nice and interesting people on our trips this year.
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