Friday, December 21, 2012

Ushuaia - The End of the Road

We have been in Ushuaia for five days and have apparently lived through any apocalypse.    It has rained every day since we got here and today was no different.  When we got up it was raining.  We had decided that today is the last full day in Ushuaia, so we needed to ride to the end of Ruta 3.  This road ends in the National Park Bahia Lapataia. 

We rode about 25 kilometers of wet, but not slippery, mud, stopping to pay our entry fee of about $17 US.  That’s a lot of money just to drive down a road and take a picture.  So here it is, the “end of the road” at “the end of the world” on “the end of the world.”
Us at the end of the road, at the end of the world on the end of the world 
About the time this one was taken the park ranger showed up and swished us away.  I think understood though, because before he swished me away, I asked for his and his assistant’s picture.
The map of the Province of Tierra del Fuego
From the tour we took the other day, we found out that the reason this is called Tierra del Fuego, is when Magellan arrived in the straight, the native habitants had then shores on both sides lit by fires.  If you ask me this should be called Tierra del Viento (land of wind).  We took the short stroll to along the path to the top of a deck overlooking the bay.  Here are a few photos I took.
A map view from the south pole centric point of view
Looking out into the bay beyond the walkway
Looking back on the plank walkway to the parking lot
Me with the Argentinian Flag I won on the tour the other day
Tomorrow we turn and head for home.  It has been a long three months and a lot of miles, but there are plenty more miles and numbers of months that lie ahead.

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