fun with glaciers
Mon 16 Mar 2009 - Tue 17 Mar 2009
So after Chalten, the next logical destination heading south is to the town of Calafate. This town is totally different from Chalten as it is an actual town with all the ameneties including an airport that ushers in thousands of tourists to view the main attraction....the glacier Perito Moreno.
Maybe you are like me and are thinking " big whoop. a mass of ice moving really slow". In fact it turned out to be really big whoop! I was blown away by our experience there.
We arrived at daybreak and we were trated to a double rainbow arcing over an imense wall of ice. Once more this wall of ice was cracking and popping as gravity shoved it piece by piece into the lake before us. Imagine the cracling sound your ice cubes make when you pull them out of the freezer.....now multiply that by a thousand! It was pretty amazing! It gets even better.
At times when hearing this sonic release of energy big chunks of ice would fall off into the water. Some as big as cars. Later we went on a boat to get a closer look from water level at the 150 foot wall of ice. It was from this vantage point that we witnessed a chunk the size of two 5 story buildings peel off and explode into the water. Just when it seemed like that was it, these massive ice cubes came shooting back to the surface, shooting violent jets of water and causing a 5 foot wave.