Friday, March 2, 2012

Hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park

We spent Thursday hiking some small loop trails in the National Park.  We hiked to a couple lookouts over Lago Lapataia.  We walked along a dammed up river from the work of American beavers.  (We read they were introduced here in the 1950s, but no signs explained why.  Without predators to keep their numbers in check they have become quite a problem in the park.)  We also walked through a strange and spooky forest of dense spindly trees.  Everyone commented on the fairytale feel of the area- a place you'd like to build a little hut, make a fire and spend the day.  We saw a hawk perched in a tree, collected piles of green soft moss, and just played around in the forest.  It was a really nice day.

With such a wet climate all kinds of moss grows here, much of it in the trees. 
Hiking with Grandpa
The end of road.  Only 17,848 km (just over 11,000 miles) to Alaska from here.  
The work of the beavers
We can check "animal habitats" off the list of homeschooling topics.
Hiking in the spooky forest
Ready for the Carbondale Fashion Show!!!
I can't smile,  I'm concentrating.

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