Christmas 2012

Christmas Eve started with a  long truck day to get to our Christmas destination in National Park, Los Alcerces ,via town of Esquel to stock up on Christmas goodies. We found a telephone kiosk shop and had a nice Christmas chat to the kids who were all in the pub with the rest of the family. The park is named after the trees here and the campsite is at the side of a lake with a mountain backdrop. It really is hell this trip 🙂 …..the intention is to have a few quiet days around Christmas and then a much more active New Year.

We bought some glasses and had a civilised gin & tonic with lemon but no ice to toast absent friends as well as our new friends and fellow adventurers. A Merry Christmas to all and Happy Birthday’s to Steph and Michael.

Christmas Day. Strange not to be with family and friends but good fun with our fellow travellers, firstly making our own charcoal to pot roast pork and beef joints for lunch. Not sure the fire crew are helping the deforestation issues……

Secret Santa was good fun, everybody had made an effort to find a suitable present – some thoughtful – I got beer! – and some funny like Duncan – a policeman in Australia in real life – who got a child’s police dress up kit complete with handcuffs, truncheon and gun. Pete as Santa  and his able assistants Elf (Graham) and Rudolf (Kirsten)made a good job of handing out the gifts.  A few people had brought Christmas clothes and some had made festive hats.

Overlanders En-Masse!

Time for a quick group photo before lunch, which thanks to my tripod and self timer is of everyone, except Mikkel who has left us for 10 days to do an Antarctic cruise. An excellent lunch was followed by a Twister competition, Uno and then the drinking started…………………. A really fun day.

Boxing day breakfast of sausage and scrambled eggs set everyone up for the day which is planned to be a boat trip to the far end of the lake to see the most ancient fir trees. Turns out the boat trip doesn’t run on Boxing Day so it’s a chill day instead. It’s a lovely spot to relax next to the lake and we had a nice wander with Jane and Colin which was extremely pleasant and back for a read in the sun and a delicious mousaka dinner.

Thursday 27th Early start for a morning truck to Bariloche a real advenure activity centre, we have booked for white water rafting tomorrow – grade 3-4 – they only go up to 5 and “amateurs” aren’t allowed so should be fun . Will see what shape we are in to decide what Saturday’s activity is…….horse riding, kayaking, trekking, boat trip or chilling at another excellent camp site.

All in all a very different Christmas, could only be improved by having some familiar faces with us.

Christmas Photos here.


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