When you envision Patagonia, what comes to mind? I think of beautiful mountains, glaciers, alpine lakes, llamas (guanacos), and WIND. Patagonia is known for it’s windy days – sometimes up to 74 mph. I’ve seen pictures of people leaning into the wind and just hanging in mid air. Kind of like the image below! You can pretty much count on wind every day in Patagonia – or so we thought.
For the record, Patagonia is absolutely fantastic – it’s all of those things and more. In March, we spent a couple of weeks hiking around Fitz Roy and the Torres Del Paine. I would have to say the Chilean side of Patagonia (Torres) was my favorite, but I’ll save that for another post.
With the potential windy conditions in mind, I thought it was a good idea to schlep a kite down there and manage it’s whereabouts every day for 13 days. BTW, I know a kite would not survive 74 mph winds, but in March, it’s much closer to 8 or 10 mph.
I kept waiting for the perfect opportunity….One of our 2 day rest stops was at a gorgeous Estancia – in this case a working sheep ranch. We could see the Perito Moreno Glacier in the distance and feel the vastness of Patagonia – wide, open spaces. Needless to say, we had a few hours of downtime at the end of every day – the perfect time to pull out the kite.
So we did…..
….and it was a total bust!! There was no wind – NONE – maybe 1 mph – it had to have been the first time in the history of Patagonia, there was no wind. (I equate this to the situation where you wash your car and it invariably rains! haha.) In fact, for 13 days, there was no wind – the weather was oddly perfect the entire trip.
We tried and tried to get that kite in the air – similar to the definition of insanity. “Repeating the same actions over and over again and expecting different results.” We laughed so hard, my stomach hurt. We’d get the kite up for about a second and then it would just dive bomb right to the ground. Part of the issue was that we initially didn’t set the kite up correctly, but in the end, the lack of wind was our downfall. That didn’t stop us from trying another 20 times!
Truth be told, this was one of my favorite parts of the trip! I still have the kite, waiting for the perfect opportunity to serve its purpose in life! Too bad its maiden voyage was not in Patagonia.
Cheers to funny travel moments – may everyone have them!
The Life Bus