Laguna Capri, El Chaltén, Argentina

On New Year’s Eve, Clau and I hiked to Laguna Capri, which is about halfway to Laguna de los Tres, near the base of Mt. Fitz Roy.  I had my sights set on hiking all the way there, but the eight-hour trek is supposedly very grueling, and after our six-hour hike the day before, seemed a little ambitious.  If I were to do it again, I would stay in El Chaltén for several more days.  Just another reason to go back!

On the bright side, we finished hiking early, relaxed in a biergarten, and met awesome people who we celebrated new year’s with!

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© Sarah Milstein 2016

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Laguna Torre, El Chaltén, Argentina

We left El Calafate pretty early in the morning so that we would have time to hike in El Chaltén the same day, although it doesn’t get dark until almost ten o’clock at night.  On the three and a half hour drive, I kept wanting to close my eyes and sleep, but I couldn’t stop looking at the bright blue water next to the road, the dry brush, and the occasional huemel looking back at us.  I find it fascinating that you can travel halfway across the planet, and see things that look so familiar.

Once in El Chaltén, there are a ton of amazing hikes that begin from various parts of town.  When we arrived, we dropped off our luggage, and set off for Laguna Torre.  It’s about 6-hours round trip–we started in a flower field, passed through a forest, wandered by a glacial river, and into a rock garden before we reached Laguna Torre.  It was pretty warm the entire hike, until we passed through the rocks and saw the water, and then it became freezing and windy.  We finally were grateful for all the layers that we had been carrying.  We sat and ate lunch by the water, surrounded by white-throated caracaras who seemed to be enjoying the wind.  On the way back, I thought for a second that I saw a huemel who was standing still enough for me to photograph, and then realized it was just a dog.

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Muir Woods, California

Jude and I went to Muir Woods on our way back from Napa.  There are signs not to talk in the forest, you know, because trees can be so testy when woken.

According to this website, the giant Redwoods there are between 600 and 800 years old.  One of the trees had been splayed open for visitors, so that you could count the rings.  A little girl standing next to us counted the thicker white rings and said, “Mommy, that tree is only four years old!”  Clearly, a future arborist.

For more information about planning a visit to Muir Woods, click here.

By the way, while I did edit these photos slightly, the trees really were that green!

Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley, California 94941

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Russian Ridge Trail, San Mateo County

Today I went hiking on the Russian Ridge Trail, nine miles west of I-280, in San Mateo County.  Mind you, it was nine twisting miles where I was practically getting passed by cyclists.  (Yes, I was in a car).  Beautiful views in every direction.  Bring snacks, water, and a jacket.  It gets windy!

Beware of the giant crows, ticks, rattlesnakes, and mountain lions.  Fortunately, we only encountered a crow.  Although, he was attacking a Prius that was apparently in his parking spot.

© Sarah Milstein 2014