Tonight I leave for Argentina, where it is Autumn while the UK is finally getting a glimpse of Spring. After the wettest February in recorded history there are finally a few sunny days. It’s amazing how plants know that their time has come. The miracles of Mother Nature.
Where I am headed, Patagonia, it’s already cold and windy. Not much rain in the high desert but a good chance of a snow shower or two. Here is the landscape.
My BA flight is at 10pm so will be able, hopefully, to sleep on the plane. I land in Buenos Aires, have a 3 hour layover at the airport, then on the El Calafate in Southern Patagonia. The only hassle is that I have to collect my bags in Buenos Aires and recheck in for my Aerolineas Argentinas flight. The BA rules say you can’t check bags all the way through unless your flights are all on the same record, and BA and Aerolineas Argentinas don’t play well together.
Normally I would hand carry my fly fishing equipment, but because of the new airline restrictions I have both a suitcase (with waders, boots, reels, flies, etc.,) and a case for my three rods. No you don’t fish with all three at once. I have two 7wt 9ft rods for river fishing and a 7wt 12.6 ft double handed rod the windy lake conditions. Using a longer rod gives me more leverage to cut through the gale force winds that are not uncommon in this flat landscape.
Ready to roll. My bags next to my carved fish sculpture, hoping for good travel karma.
Stay tuned. And for those of you who only care about fish, I will be fishing on Sunday, after a day in El Calafate visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier and on Saturday a long drive to Lago Strobel and Estancia Laguna Verde.