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Subject:Day Three In Patagonia.
Time:08:47 pm
I am completely spent.

In the past two days, I have seen my first icebergs, glowing alien blue on a milky lake. I have heard a thunderous boom fill the valley as a new iceberg calved off the face of a glacier and caused giant waves to ripple toward the shore. I have seen a sunrise paint entire mountains lavender. I have walked for hours on the bottom of a prehistoric sea while condors circled overhead. I have crushed ancient volcanic ash, stacked together in flaky layers as if they were the dried-out pages of an antique book. I have watched 3-foot salmon wriggle furiously across the top of river rocks. I have climbed to the top of the Perito Moreno Glacier, where I celebrated with a tumbler filled with whiskey and chunks of glacier. I've taken a righteous shit on a crowded boat while old Catalonian ladies chattered like coked-out parrots just a few feet away.

I am completely spent.

Tomorrow morning I take a bus to El Chalten. The mountains there look like swords and knives. I'm treating the bus ride as a four-hour vacation.


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Subject:My $1 El Chalten Entry.
Time:09:37 pm
El Chalten is pretty much what I thought Patagonia really would be. It´s a town that's even smaller and more remote than El Calafate. It's got a no paved roads whatsoever - just brightly painted cabins and relentless winds that will knock you on your ass. It does have an Internet cafe though, and strangely enough the connection speed here is faster than the constipated Internets in El Calafate. However, it´s more expensive. This entry will cost me three Argentine Pesos.

The bus dropped me off just before noon, and after checking into the hotel, I hiked about three kilometers and climbed up the side of the perfect waterfall. Everything around here is breathtaking. Walking back, I watched massive cloud shadows race across the valley and over the cliffs and mountains. Below, a glacier blue river made its way through a reddish-brown forest. It´s hard to believe that all this, and yet also this, came from the same God. Everytime he watches a human being post a video of himself jumping head-first into a ceiling fan, I think God visits Patagonia to feel better about himself.

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