February 27th, 2013
Lago Roca is now rated as the best campsite in all of Argentina. For that matter, I am going to elevate it to the best campsite I have had EVER! The views are crazy amazing.
We woke up to a clearing sky with a few clouds and a great view of the glaciers of the Andes. We unfortunately ran out of our good coffee so had to try the yucky local store-bought stuff. Bummer.
After two weeks in Casimiro, things had gotten a bit discombobulated, so we spent the morning cleaning it out and repacking stuff into some semblance of order. All in all we ended up packing pretty well for this trip; not too much extra, but enough.
We walked down to the lake and found an even more awesome camping site. We walked back up and moved down to the spot that was right next to the lake and with an unobstructed view of the mountains.
The weather continued to clear and the day was just spectacular. It was nice to have a warm sunny day after a week of unsettled weather. It got quite warm and the southern sun is intense, so we rigged up a sun shade with our green pile sleeping bag/blankets (I knew they would come in handy!).
Before this trip, I had been very rigorous about my training for my upcoming suffer events this summer, but hadn’t gone for a single run the whole trip.
We had some leftover risotto from the other day’s lunch at Casimiro (the restaurant, for those of you that are paying attention) that we ate for dinner. Yummy. We settled in to enjoy the fading light of the day. Susanne’s camp chair broke. Bummer. Then mine broke. Double bummer. Luckily Cris had packed two in Casimiro.
There are some things in Argentina that are not very efficient. However, park rangers are not one of them. At about 8:00 pm, the park ranger drove up and told us we couldn’t camp in this spot and had to go back up to where we were the previous night. Oh well. No biggie. Still an awesome campsite.
It looked like it was finally going to be a clear night that we could do some star gazing. So we waited. At 10:00 pm, the light was still pretty bright in the west and the full moon was rising in the east. We bagged the stars in favor of bed.
Tomorrow we head to El Chalten for some hopefully awesome hiking up to Mt. Fitz Roy. Google it. It’s another Andes icon.
Ciao for now.