Leaving Spring, Heading to Autumn

Finally, Spring in the UK

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.

Patagonia with Guanaco herd

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.

Checked Bags for Argentina

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.

Tight Lines.

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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2 Responses to Leaving Spring, Heading to Autumn

  1. Anonymous says:

    Have a great time!!

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  2. Gary Forster says:

    Sounds great! I am debating same trip to both destinations next year but the group that’s going (same group that you met at Estancia Laguna Verde 2 years ago when you were with Don) booked the first week in January, 2021. I was there this last January (EMB) in the third week and almost all fish were caught in the lower pools so was slow on several days when had to fish upper pools. Anxious to follow your Blog (first time for me following a Blog).
    In Puerta Vallarta now. Planning to go to Loteto with Bob Seddon in April for Yellowtail and then Ireland for 2 weeks in May touring , all depending on New Pandemic of Corona Virus.
    Gary

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