Monday, February 28, 2011

We're back!

Just got back yesterday from our week long road trip through Argentinian Patagonia. We have tons and tons of great pictures which will take me hours to sort through and share. We had great weather and it makes me wonder if the weather on the Argentina side is better in general or if we just got lucky. For now I leave you with an attempted family photo with the camera timer (too slow apparently) taken in El Chalten with the Fitz Roy mountain behind us...


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Another Penguin Post

Here's a funny side story about our penguin excursion. Just as we were leaving Porvenir, we saw a couple walking down the street. They were obvious tourists. It was 2:00 pm and the ferry was just leaving so we knew they were "stuck" in Porvenir for at least the rest of the day so Fernando decided to pull over and ask them if they were interested in going to see some penguins. Without hesitating they said yes and hopped in the car. And off we went! As it turns out, they are Swiss and had just started an 8 month journey from Ushuaia, Argentina to Bogota, Colombia. It was fun to be their tour guides and fun to think that we made a pretty good impression of Porvenir for them!

So here we are, hanging out watching the penguins with the Swiss, eating potato chips!


And one finally penguin photo of the two fattest penguins!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More Penguin Pics

Here are some more penguin pictures.

I was fascinated by the penguins chilling in the grass laying down. I didn't know they do that!


I think these two are both males because they kept taking turns shouting at each other (or maybe it's a male/female couple fighting!):












Friday, February 18, 2011

And here they are...

Wednesday afternoon, the weather was great and Fernando finagled the afternoon off of work so we could head out to see the King Penguins. We had been hearing that there are many more than when we went last July and had been waiting for a good day to go. Finally it happened!

Approaching from afar, not sure how close to get without scaring them:


Zooming in (you can see that some of them are shedding a layer of feathers):


Standing tall:


Group think:


Looking straight in the eye:


Proof we were there!


Tomorrow we are off on a week long road trip to El Calafate and El Chalten, Argentina. I will be offline but check back in a couple of days for more penguin photos. I have so many to share I thought I would space them out so you can soak them in!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Big News!



I'm pregnant! And we went back to see the king penguins yesterday and saw FORTY FOUR of them! More photos soon (of the penguins, not my tummy!).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Summer Days

Mark your calendar - we've set a record. We actually had our heat off for 48 full hours for the first time since we moved here! Woohoo! Unfortunately the heat didn't last long and we're back to those chilly summer days. Here are some recent photos.

In our backyard:


On the back steps:


Down by the water on a random "vintage" tractor:


A cute close-up:


You'll notice that we're pretty bundled up. Just yesterday on my daily weather check, the temperature here was the same as in Columbus, Ohio (45 degrees Fahrenheit). Pretty depressing that this was on a day in the middle of our summer and the middle of Columbus's winter!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rainbows!

When was the last time you saw a double arc full rainbow? Let me guess. Maybe never?? Two nights ago we stepped outside our front door to this view:



That's right, a double arc, ground to ground rainbow. It was beautiful!!! It was impossible to capture in one photo (hence the pieced together photo above). Here are some close ups (with the hospital, as it was the only place we could get a shot without telephone wires in the way).







A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

More Dolphins!

Yesterday I was crossing the Strait of Magellan from Punta Arenas to Povenir. Just as we were approaching the bay, those famous dolphins appeared, accompanying the ferry into the bay. This time I got a great video (minus the salt covered window through which I am filming). I love love love the way they jump along side the boat. It's like their little way of saying hello. Enjoy!

Friday, February 4, 2011

My New Best Friend: the Crock Pot

One of the more taxing, yet sometimes fun, things about living in Porvenir is that we essentially have to make all our meals ourselves. While there are some restaurants and even fewer carry-out places, they all pretty much serve the same kind of food (greasy chicken and rice anyone?). There is no pizza place, no Chinese and of course no bagels! I generally enjoy cooking but when I have to think of seven lunches and seven dinners a week, and then prepare them, cooking gets pretty old pretty fast. (I actually went on a dinner strike months ago. I only prepare lunch, the biggest meal of the day.)
For a few years now I have been pining for a crock pot but quickly learned that this is an American gadget, not to be found anywhere else in the world. I even looked in France while on vacation in 2008 since they have the same plugs and voltage as Chile, so as to avoid the converter issue but alas French cuisine does not ever call for the use of a crock pot!
While in the States for Christmas this year, I finally caved and took the plunge - hauling back to Povenir a crock pot (heavy and with a breakable pot and lid) and a converter (this along with the trampoline, an espresso maker and other absurdities that we absolutely CANNOT live without!!).
Last night I made our first crock pot meal. Nothing fancy, just some beef (more of that grass fed, happy to the end of its days cow meat) and vegetables. I am happy to report that the results were fantastic! A super yummy lunch already prepared when we got up this morning and best of all Olivia loved it!
The only con was that in our small, ahem... cozy, one story house, the smell of the simmering meal quickly filled every room before midnight and I actually dreamed about pot roast. But it's a small price to pay.
At least now I can have one of those seven lunches a week checked off the list.

And here is my culinary masterpiece:



I know this photo is not as exciting as dolphins and penguins but I had to share anyway. It's always more exciting with a photo!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dolphins!

While crossing the Strait of Magellan once again last week (Porvenir to Punta Arenas), Fernando got some great shots of the dolphins following the ferry. We have seen these lovely dolphins many times but this is the first time we have our own good photos.



And how about a close-up.


Don't they just look so friendly? It's fun how they follow the ferry.

Olivia and I missed the whole show this time, conked out in the car...



On another recent crossing Fernando got these shots, right from the comfort of his seat on the ferry. There were a lot of dolphins and they were accompanying the ferry for a while.


This is not a great photo of the dolphin but it shows you how close to the boat they were. Can you see the corner of the window by Fernando's seat in the photo?


So cool!