January 6-8 Ushuaia

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Up before dawn to be dropped off to await a bus. I have no idea where we were, but we had a pretty sunrise. The bus came and took us through the suburbs to an Argentine military base. We were given a card with a number on it. As the numbers were called (in Spanish) off we boarded the plane. I thought it was ironic. After a hitch in the Army, the first military plane I ever flew belonged to the Argentine Air Force.
Given that Argentina is big and the plane was a turboprop, I thought we were in for an all-day flight, so I was surprised when we landed only a couple of hours later in Ushuaia.
Left and below: views of Ushuaia. Ron Bruhn, who hails from Alaska, said Ushuaia looks a lot like the Alaska Panhandle.
Looking south. The skyline peaks are in Chile.
Looking down the main street of Ushuaia. The sharp peak on the left is Monte Olivia
Peaks to the south in Chile

The Hero

The Hero was a 110-foot modified trawler used by the National Science Foundation to ferry people and supplies to Antarctica.

One of the more interesting items in the supply warehouse on the docks was a sleeping bag in a can - a down sleeping bag crammed into a metal can like those used for hams.

Buenos Aires is self-explanatory. La Quiaca is on the Bolivian border in the extreme northwest corner of Argentina. Argentina is a big country - just over a million square miles or about a third as large as the U.S.
Tourists are tourists everywhere you go.

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