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 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.|
Created 15 February 2000, Last Update