We rose at 6:30 AM and enjoyed a good breakfast with an amazing view of the local area! After checking out of the hotel, we did some touring in the local area and then Tierra del Fuego National Park and ended up boarding the MS Fram about 3:30 PM.
7:00 AM and our eyes are working... Another miracle!
The sun is up providing a golden sea for us to view
Perhaps a small morning walk before the bus?
Breakfast is ready
Twenty minutes through town including the port
Looks like our ship is in... A good sign!
To the park!
The surroundings were quite beautiful
Did You Know? - Tierra del Fuego National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego) is a national park on the Argentine part of the island of Tierra del Fuego, within Tierra del Fuego Province in the ecoregion of Patagonic Forest and Altos Andes, a part of the subantarctic forest. Established on 15 October 1960 under the Law 15.554 and expanded in 1966, it was the first shoreline national park to be established in Argentina.
The park has dramatic scenery, with waterfalls, forests, mountains and glaciers. Its 630 km2 (240 sq mi) include parts of the Fagnano and Roca lakes.
The Ranger Station was quite comfortable
Open to a bay, not the open ocean!
Needless to say... It was cold!
No skinny dipping here!
Did You Know? - Tierra del Fuego’s three major hiking trails.
We didn't do any of these, but our guide took us on a short hike through the forest and along the water. If we had the time, perhaps?
#1 - Hito XXIV, Pampa Alta and Costera — are all medium difficulty trails that take between two to four hours to complete. The Hito XXIV trail runs for just over six miles around the forested northeast shore of Lago Roca to the Argentina-Chile border.
#2 - The three-mile Pampa Alta trail features panoramic views across Beagle Channel and Rio Pipo. Farther along, the trail runs alongside the Rio Pipo and some waterfalls.
#3 - The Costera trail runs for approximately five miles along the coast past the grass-covered remains of middens (mounds of shells) left behind by the Yaghan, the indigenous peoples of the area.
Forbidding country side
A form of beech tree
Did You Know? - Nothofagus betuloides, Magellan's beech or guindo, is native to southern Patagonia.
In 1769 Sir Joseph Banks collected a specimen of the tree in Tierra del Fuego during Captain Cook's first voyage.
The ground is soft to walk on because of
the layers of leaves over the years
The seaweed floats in the bay nearby
Cold all year around
The trees are loaded with moss
We are gathered together... To freeze
Growth all over the trees
Who is going out in this weather?
Did You Know? - It’s a lake with an identity crisis, too, as Lago Roca – named for former Argentinean president Julio Argentino Roca - is just the most recognized of its three names. The western most portion of the Lake crosses the international border into Chile, where the lake is known as Lago Errazuriz, after Chile’s former President Federico Errázuriz Echaurren.
Roca and Errazuriz share a history in Patagonia, as both were recognized for the Abrazo del Estrecho (the hug of the Strait of Magallanes) when they met in Punta Arenas to find a friendly solution to conflicting Patagonian land claims.
"Nope... We are NOT going rafting!"
The crazy people!
Seagulls are everywhere!
A testament to the hard weather conditions and busy beavers
Beavers were introduced into the local habitat
Looking at us looking at them!
Not too bad with six layers of clothing!
I could sell them some feathers?
"I found the spot!"
We are here... Who is pointing at the correct location?
Another special area of the park known for the large trees
Vana White has nothing on us! It's noon, let's return to town!
Twenty minutes and we will arrive at the ship
Construction is going on everywhere
"Don't worry, I have a fur coat on!"
That's our ship in the distance!
The town is built on the foothills surrounding town
No school today!
Notice the steel roofs... Needed because of the heavy rains and snow
Back to Los Acebos for a quick lunch!
What a grand view
We head for the wharf.. Seeing the bright colors all over town
How come the blue does not fade.... No sunlight!
Building of the Government of the province in the city of Ushuaia
Did You Know? - The word Ushuaia comes from the Yaghan language: ush and waia ("bay" or "cove") and means "deep bay" or "bay to background".
Welcome to the harbor
The port handles many commercial and pleasure craft
Going to Antarctica? You will likely end up in this harbor
Choppy all the time!
Home for the next week!
We are ready to board!
Come on in!
Plenty of deck room to see the sights
Leaving port... The sun is setting... On our way!
"OK... Who snuck the first piece?"
Flying the Norwegian flag
Someone returns from an adventure as we get ours started
Does this captain look young?
(This was actually his last voyage on the MS Fram
It must his Norwegian blood that makes him look so young)