Avoiding Crisis

another 7 hours on the road…

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and then we finally arrived!*

During this trip there were times I thought it would never end and that we would never get to our final destination, but instead find out that the world was actually flat and fall off the road into the unknown.

We left Bahia Blanca in the early morning and headed due South into Patagonia. We resumed our journey into the flat, but very green, Argentine country side. We spent most of the first hour pointing out the cows, horses and sheep we passed to the kids, but that soon got old and Owen no longer thought it fun to moo. Somehow watching a video was way more interesting.


About an hour and a half into the ride we had a bit of an adventure – an off road adventure. Apparently a big truck had decided to get its back-end stuck in a ditch. Not really sure what the driver was trying to do but I’m pretty sure he didn’t intend to end up like this.


So the local authorities closed the road about 300 yards before and another 300 after the site of the incident and detoured traffic to a makeshift dirt road. It wasn’t too bumpy a ride, but it did provide the kids with some excitement. At that point I think we all benefited from a change of scenery.


But soon enough we were back on good old Route 3. Yes, good, reliable, striaght as an arrow, perfect for riding off into the sunset, Route 3.


Around 1:00PM we ventured off the beaten path about 10 KM and visited the Patagonian beach town of Las Grutas. Known for beautiful white sand beaches and warm water, I wanted to see what the big deal was. I had been told that it wasn’t to be missed.


And I have to agree, it is a beautiful place with cliffs and caves, and calming water that is periwinkle in color when the sun hits it just right.

But, white sandy beaches? The sand wasn’t white. The beaches on the gulf coast of Florida that I spent many a spring break at as a child, now those were white! This was more like a grayish light beige, and that may even be stretching it a little.

As for the water temperature, I can’t comment. We didn’t venture down to the beach – we had one sleeping kid in the car (Owen) and the other one (Abbey) was very cranky from low-blood sugar (her mean mommy hadn’t fed her yet!) and way too many consecutive hours in a car. She just flat out refused to walk more than the few steps it took to look out over the cliffs and on to the beach.


But soon enough we were back on Route 3, staring out into the very long distant horizon wondering whether or not we were ever going to get to our final destination. At least the terrain had changed a bit and instead of flat green grassy fields with the occasional tree we were looking at bush covered rolling hills.


And just when we were about to give up all hope (and YES, the added drama is SO very necessary), signs for Puerto Madryn began to appear. Then, just like Dorthy in search of the Emerald City, it appeared. There were buildings. Quite a few of them. And water! The Ocean!


Modernity never looked so good.


So, of course, having been stuck in a car for the last 7 hours, it took all of 5 minutes from the time we checked in to our hotel for our feet to be hitting the pavement. Had to use all that stored up energy. Or, in other words, we were trying our hardest to wear out the kids so that they would get to bed at a normal time and not be bouncing off the hotel room walls.

It was just so damn good to be out of the car.







*we actually arrived to our destination on Saturday September 29th, which also happened to be my mother-in-law’s birthday, but today was the first day that the WiFi connection at the hotel was available so I’m playing a bit of catch up on catching you up.

Stay tuned…a tail of a whale is up next!


Written by nicolemarie

October 1, 2007 at 9:46 pm

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  1. How fun!


    October 2, 2007 at 7:46 am

  2. Great photos, Nicole! It is tough travelling for so long a time with young children. However the experience of all they see is so valuable, no matter how tedius the journey. I like this feeling of being an armchair traveller, reading your reportage, imagining being along the ride with you guys. Am eagerly anticipating what comes next! G


    October 2, 2007 at 11:07 am

  3. Las Grutas – totally looks like my kind of place.
    Fun times!



    October 2, 2007 at 4:27 pm

  4. Looks like a great time!


    October 2, 2007 at 6:44 pm

  5. Is that a paved pier?


    October 2, 2007 at 6:45 pm

  6. julie – why yes it was paved. is that unusual? i don’t know much about piers. 🙂


    October 5, 2007 at 9:20 am

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