Saturday, July 18, 2015

After Natales

The view from Caleta Mousse at dawn

Classically, the thing we did first after we left Puerto Natales was that we waited for the weather to improve.

We were very glad not to be waiting for the weather to improve in the indifferent protection of Natales itself.  Caleta Mousse is a fine place.  Even if we did find it very hard to leave.

Now that we've got poor internet access in Puerto Williams (what is it with traveling and getting online? Is it just me?), I'll share some pic from that time.  All these are from between Puerto Natales and the Straits of Magellan.  (Once upon a time I used to have time for making maps for the blog, but it's not going to happen again for the foreseeable future!)

A nice refreshing walk for the family - waiting for weather in Caleta Mousse

Galactic in Caleta Mousse.

Here and below - just before entering Puerto Profundo, our last anchorage north of the Straits of Magellan, and conditions have reached spontaneous liftoff.  That's a williwaw above, and just general windiness below.  Any wonder that we nearly planted the stern on a rock while tying into Profundo?

Above - Puerto Profundo.  A four-point tie and we're snug as can be.

We were holed up in Profundo for six days waiting for weather to get into the Straits of Magellan, but had the consolation of great walking during that time.  Above - something we completely missed out on by sailing away from Alaska - getting little kids rugged up for going outside on a cold day.

Here and below - once you're outside, it's worth it.

Sailing into the Straits of Magellan on a day worth waiting for.

The Straits.  Too good.

Stay tuned for next installment, when the pics get...better.

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