San Rafael Lagune

22 Mar

The last day dawned for our last adventure to the Patagonian region of Southern Chile, the sky was overcast with a drizzling rain and a cool wind blowing from the snow covered mountains. Breakfast was a rushed, yet a nutritious start to the day. At around 8 am we boarded the bus to take us to the pier to meet the Catamaran that was to take us on one of the most unforgettable journeys, to culminate in witnessing the massive Continental Ice shelf, in the spectacular Laguna San Rafael. The bus trip from the Loberias Hotel to the pier was a mere 5 minutes; we could actually see the Catamaran from the Hotel. Once aboard and all accounted for, we began a most remarkable journey. A journey of three hours duration which took us across islands, Channels, and Fiords, all this with beautiful scenery on both sides of the Lagune, this Lagune is very peaceful, it has a surface of170 square kilometres. The first signs that we were approaching the Ice Shelf were the amount of Floes that were surrounding the Catamaran, some were absolutely Turquoise blue, and I was to see them up close later in the journey. The air was not cold but you could feel a slight coldness developing as we neared the Shelf. Rounding a bend in the Lagune came into sight, a magnificent panoramic scene of Ice covered my eyes, it was spectacular, ten kilometres in length and a two and a half  kilometres wide, standing on the top deck of the Catamaran, I stood in awe at this beautiful creation, it was moving, it was alive, occasionally we would hear sounds like gunfire or detonations, this was the Ice moving and adjusting itself, when this occurred large chunks of Ice would fall away to become part of the flotilla of floes that covered the surface of the Lagune. Then began the extraordinary experience of approaching the Shelf up close, we were allotted numbers that corresponded to the boats which would take us up close, these were Zodiac speed boats, we boarded the boats from the Catamaran and immediately picked up speed to approach the Shelf, the speed was a necessary precaution as the Ice would fall unexpectedly and cause mini Tsunamis, depending on the size of the falling Ice. We were able to boat along the face of the Shelf, a few Ice falls forcing us back out into the lagune at high speed, when the Ice resettled we were again able to get close up. I had the most unbelievable experience of being so close to one of the massive Ice falls, that I could actually reach out and touch this 20 million year old Ice, it was massive above water and I could not imagine its size below water, it was truly amazing , the monstrous block of Ice was translucent and spectacularly Blue, I was in awe, 20 million year old Ice, my mind went into imagination mode, the history, the secrets it held, an experience I will never forget. We witnessed this beautiful creation for two to three hours and then returned to the Catamaran. The Skipper sounded the alarm to call the two remaining Zodiacs back to the boat; this alarm is sounded when the Skipper deems the Zodiacs closeness to the face of the Shelf has become a risk. After two to three hours the Catamaran headed back up the Lagune for the three hours trip back to the Loberias del Sur Hotel, the three hour trip back was relaxing and entertaining, it was an open bar on board for the journey, we were to experience Whiskey drizzled over 20 million year old Ice, quite an experience on its own. The Catamaran took on a very festive atmosphere, the drinks were poured, Whiskey over 20 million year old Ice or the National Chilean drink of Pisco Sour, I have developed a taste for Pisco Sour, but on this memorable occasion I did not want to miss out on the experience of Whiskey with 20 million year old Ice. Then the Karaoke began, a mixture of over a dozen nationalities, all singing Karaoke in their own language, then came my turn, the only Australian on board, I chose a song that I thought everyone could relate to, and the singer, I chose Elvis Presley Jail House Rock, it was amazing, so many different nationalities, all singing the same song in their own language. The Karaoke session on board seemed to break down all barriers of communication, I noticed later that everyone was speaking the same language and could understand each other, that 20 million year old Ice certainly packs a kick. I think I will leave that part of my adventures in abeyance for the next 20 million years, just a memory for me I think.

That my Friends, ends the adventures in Chile and the South Patagonia for 2016, I hope you have enjoyed our adventure. You are invited to join our adventures again next year, when we return to Chile, this time we will explore the Heavens through the eyes of the monstrous Observatories in the, earthquake prone area of the Atacama deserts of Northern Chile, from there I invite you to visit Rapa Nui (Easter Island), then down to Juan Fernandez Island (Treasure Island), and finally back down south to the Patagonian region to once again, explore the magical wonders of this Unique and beautiful Country.



Posted by on March 22, 2016 in Uncategorized



36 responses to “San Rafael Lagune

  1. schmankerlblog

    July 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Looks Amazing!!!!!!

  2. GP Cox

    June 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    • The Emu

      June 14, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Thanks for that link gp, I have read quite a few versions of the Aboriginal Emu mythology, hadn’t seen your version though, thanks mate.

      • GP Cox

        June 14, 2016 at 9:54 am

        I remembered you and your brother at the museum.

  3. peppermintfarm

    April 20, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Just WOW! Your description of this adventure made me feel as though I was right there with you. I could barely believe you actually got to touch that ice. The photos were awesome. What an adventure this had to be and I too would have wondered who had gone before me so many, many years ago.

    • The Emu

      April 20, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      It was certainly an unforgettable experience, touching 20 million year old ice was unbelievable.

  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    April 4, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Wonderful description of your adventure with the Ice Ian.. “I could actually reach out and touch this 20 million year old Ice, it was massive above water and I could not imagine its size below water, it was truly amazing “.. Now that must have been amazing..
    Stunning photo’s Ian.. 🙂 Stunning!

    • The Emu

      April 5, 2016 at 3:19 am

      This experience was truly amazing Sue, 20 million year old ice still floating on the surface of this great globe, I find I cannot believe in the Global warming theory after this experience.
      Apart from Word Press, I also write other articles for various publications, I will share with you an article I wrote on Global Warming, bearing in mind that I do support a need for Global Carbon emission control.
      Recently the majority of Countries around the World signed an agreement on Climate change in Paris.
      World Leaders are advocating the implementation of the Climate change plan, as Climate change poses a very real and direct threat to the survival of all Mankind.
      An interesting and highly debatable hypothesis, considering Scientists have calculated the Earth being over 4.543 Billion years old.
      Then around the year 1724, Man invents the Thermometer, that’s a mere 291 years ago, then around 1850 Man starts to record a Methodical Thermometer based record of Global Temperatures, that’s a mere 165 years ago.
      In 4.543 Billion years many changes have occurred, the Ice age, Dinosaur extinction, Continents submerge and other emerge; Races of people are born and die out, all this as part of the Natural evolvement of the Earth.
      Now we have World Leaders telling us we have to change our thinking on Climate change, or we will all be Doomed, are they trying to distract us from the real threat of extinction? Terrorism and Man’s Inhumanity to Man.
      The Great Architect of the Universe must be disgusted to see his 4.543 Billion years plan destroyed in a mere pathetic few years of Mans existence.
      Global Warming will not lead to the demise of Mankind, Terrorism and Man’s Inhumanity to Man will wipe out all life sooner than Global Warming.
      Just to be on the safe side, turn out your lights when you leave the room, and turn off your air conditioner if not required, in the 4.543 Billion year plan your actions could be vital to our existence.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        April 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm

        I realise now Ian my last comment on Cave post was meant for this post lol.. But you know where I was coming from.. As I answer from my notifications board. 🙂 Yes we humans have not taken even a blink of an eye to destroy what took Billions of years to evolve.. I still feel those ‘Spirit’s and BEings will not let the human race destroy Mother Earth.. We may become extinct. though 😦
        Have you ever seen Cow-Conspiracy.. Google it and watch.. It will open your eyes about the major contributor to Global Warming ..

        • The Emu

          April 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

          I worked out your last comment Sue.
          I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments Sue, there are higher powers at work than the Leaders of us mere mortals.
          Higher powers that have the destiny of each and every one of us, including the world we are currently permitted to exist in.
          Man will destroy man, but the world and our Spiritual existence lasts for Eternity.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            April 7, 2016 at 10:11 am

            Glad you understood 🙂 and so so agree with this sentiment.. 🙂

  5. Baydreamer

    April 4, 2016 at 1:40 am

    What a fascinating adventure, Ian, and gorgeous photos! The memories you’re making are priceless and thanks for sharing them with us!

    • The Emu

      April 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Thanks for the visit and great comment Lauren, I certainly fitted a lot into my short time in Chile this adventure, if the body can keep up the pace, I will be returning next year for more interesting adventures and story’s.
      Kind regards and Best wishes.

      • Baydreamer

        April 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        Well, I look forward to your stories and photos next year, too! 🙂

        • The Emu

          April 5, 2016 at 2:39 am

          Thank you Lauren, glad you appreciated my efforts in portraying my adventures, next year is proving to be a very diverse challenging adventure.
          I am sure you will enjoy interesting and unusual sights.
          Kindest regards and Best wishes.

  6. natswans

    April 3, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I have so enjoyed your adventure Ian, so beautifully written to.
    The Photo’s are truly amazing .
    Love the Scotch in the Ice , nice one.
    Thank you for sharing your amazing trip Ian.
    🙂 🙂

    • The Emu

      April 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

      The Scotch on the 20 million year old ice is another story Sheila, one I don’t think I should share.
      Maybe the full story will be known in another 20 million years, haha.
      Best wishes.

  7. reocochran

    March 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Gorgeous and such a fascinating, exciting experience, Ian!! Wow! Thank you for sharing.

    • The Emu

      March 30, 2016 at 7:46 am

      It truly was unbelievable Robin, next year I hope to see more great wonders from the North of Chile, my only problem is age, I can’t seem to fit everything into my life, and it doesn’t last forever.
      Kind Regards and Best wishes.

      • reocochran

        April 26, 2016 at 3:02 am

        Well, certainly keep your mind on the future and not worry too much, dear. My Dad liked the film, “2001: A Space Oddyssey.” It was made in the 70’s. He once in awhile worried and fretted, “I hope I make it to 2001!” I told him when I was only 17, ” Dad, did you think about how young you would be in that year? You will only be 69. Too young to die!” Anyway, I think he programmed his brain, since he died in January, 2001. Try not to say you are tired or “my only problem is age,” Ian. Please believe you have lots of years to live. Hugs!

        • The Emu

          April 26, 2016 at 9:16 am

          Thank you for sharing those thoughtful comments Robin.
          You are so right in what you write, staying positive is a must for the mind to remain focused.
          I shall be around for many years yet Robin, I have too many things that still need to be accomplished.
          Thanks for your supportive words.
          Best wishes and Love.

  8. giselzitrone

    March 24, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Schöne Fotos ich wünsche dir ein schönes sonniges Osterfest liebe Grüße von mir und Umarmung Gislinde

    • The Emu

      March 25, 2016 at 3:56 am

      Best wishes for a Beautiful Easter Dear Gislinde.

  9. wonkywizard

    March 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Good narration and pictures. Modern whisky with ancient ice – that’s a novelty.

  10. GP Cox

    March 22, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska to see such things as a glacier. Frankly I tend to forget what the southern hemisphere has to offer!

    • The Emu

      March 22, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Unbelievable experiences gp, apparently the Yukon seems to be coming up in conversations with my wife these days, life’s an adventure mate, I just go with the flow these days.

    • The Emu

      March 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Was a great experience gp, heading back next year to continue the adventures, gotta do it while the body can support the imaginations.
      Cheers mate.

      • GP Cox

        March 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

        You know how to make someone jealous, don’t you?!!

        • The Emu

          March 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm

          Don’t be jealous mate, this old body and back is starting to really feel the efforts of Army service, and continuous adventure stress, seeing a specialist now about getting a few disc replacements, appears I really am pushing my spine to the limits, but then again my old Vietnam Unit motto was Persevere.

          • GP Cox

            March 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm

            You’re a survivor, remember that!!

  11. George Parsons

    March 22, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Hi Emu, thank you for sharing what looked like a truly wonderful holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed following your stories and photos and I thank you mate for again sharing your experiences with me.

    God speed my friend and will keep an eye out for your next adventure,

    George & Linda Parsons

    • The Emu

      March 22, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Hey Georgy me Man, great to hear from you, hope you and Linda are travelling well, I’m still floating around the Globe looking and writing, long days from our past back at the School mate, heading back to Chile next year for more literary research and adventure, some fools think I am the Australian Indiana Jones, hehe, we must meet up sometime mate, years are running by too fast, see a notification on the SOAH site that Peter Oliver passed away recently, also can you tell me if you have been included in that elite site, if not I will rectify ASP.
      Cheers George and regards to Linda

    • The Emu

      March 23, 2016 at 3:00 am

      George are you on Facebook, and if so do you want to join the SOAH Staff group?

  12. derrickjknight

    March 22, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Cracking description and photos, Ian. ‘Pisco Sour’ falls just short of being an unfortunate name 🙂

    • The Emu

      March 22, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Thanks Derrick, yes it is an unfortunate name to us but I assure you it is very appropriate in Chile, it brings on Fun, Laughter and flamboyant dancing.


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