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Friday, December 22, 2006

Cold Blue Glacier

A jagged blue wall of ice. A delicious crack, like thunder or fireworks, when the glacier calves and chunks of ice splash into the lake. Quite spectacular.

My favorite Spanish-English mistranslation from a sign today noted that the glacier’s discoverer was a “highly steamed investigator.”

Travel. One thing about travel, is that most of what’s familiar is gone–food, a favorite chair, the dog, currency, the car–and replaced with the unfamiliar every day. I try to pack light, which means I wear the same things over and over. My jean have a yellow splotch where I dropped an avocado I was wrenching open with my fingernails. My bag yields gray and black, black and gray. My swimsuit stays crammed at the bottom for warmer days later in the trip. And when I carry my backpack to a bus station, I remember I’ve put some stones inside. Stones, I might say, that I’m not willing to give up. Beautiful flat black rocks that stack into a perfect cairn. Stones that will take me back to Patagonia.

13 Comments:

Blogger Popeye said...

I've travelled very little. Thanks for taking me along.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Wow, what a sight! Thanks for the picture. Your words are lilting poetic today.

5:26 PM  
Blogger KC said...

I love the pictures. Incredible.

9:15 PM  
Blogger kat said...

Always an inspiration coming here. If I send you some stamps will you send me rocks from these places you go? :)

12:58 AM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

Nice picture!!!! Traveling light is good me thinks.
Do they worry about global warming there?

7:34 AM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

beautify, just beautiful

10:26 AM  
Blogger jo(e) said...

Wow. That's amazing.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Susan as herself said...

Love the photos and the descriptions of your journeys. I love those kinds of flat black rocks---they almost do seem like currency.

11:54 AM  
Blogger meno said...

I'm glad that you have your luggage priorities in order.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

Lose the clothes before the stones.

Merry Christmas!

11:07 AM  
Blogger QT said...

Wonderful photo - I travel that way too. I think its the best way. Merry Christmas!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

Beautiful photos! I come each day to see them. :)


Peace,


~Chani

3:04 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

That picture is so amazing! It doesn't look real. Of course it could be that I've never seen anything quite like it either.

I need to get out more. :)

3:35 PM  

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