Level 10+++ happiness with some new friends from #CDMX#Chilanga They are super chingón!! . Lago del Sol, Nevado de Toluca (Xinantécatl in the native), an astounding #MegaVortex in the middle of a volcanic crater - the 4th tallest peak in Mexico at 4350m, 14,271ft !! 3C / 37F
One of the most beautiful vortex in the country Mexico !! Nevado de Toluca (Xinantécatl in the native), an astounding #MegaVortex which is the 4th tallest peak in Mexico towering at an impressive 15,354' (4.680m) -- the ridge boasts 4 huge peaks!
I have been swimming in an unheated rooftop pool in Buenos Aires for a month (about 40F) so I felt mentally prepared to swim in the lake in Patagonia but it was not to be this morning on my walk but the consolation prize is a too hot pool with killer albeit foggy view from the beautiful hotel with awesome hot sauna. #SpoiledBrat . . . .
I am enjoying the walk around Lago Argentina at sunrise but a bit deflated because I did my calculations on whether I could swim by myself. I found an excellent beach entry/exit, but then I found the skeleton remains of a huge dog. While it was actually kind of beautiful to see, I took it as a really bad sign. Superstitions aside, my phone battery also just died and I was alone with nobody to watch for my safety in freezing temperatures so I abandoned my dream to swim in the lake. Wah! But the consolation is that my hotel has a nice heated pool! .
This is me, with my thinking cap on, calculating whether or not I can jump in the lake and swim with the wild ducks and pink flamingoes. It is only 20 degrees outside and the water has frozen edges and there is nobody else around. My hotel is a good 20 minute walk up the sand dunes. I am planning my entrance and exit as my phone battery dies. My rational mind says, it is not looking good but my body is overriding it and is dying to get in the freezing water. What next ?! . . .
After being in the icy cold, a cozy fire seems like a fine idea! Argentinian steak paired with a nice Malbec? I'll take it! The Design Suites is on the quiet side of the lake in El Calafate and really nice compared to how rugged it is outside! . . .
And then suddenly, the snowy mountains disappear and the plains turn into the desert! This "wall" looks like it is an elephant stampede. That's what the locals call it. I was surprised to learn that there is a whole other area of the southern part of Patagonia that is a dry desert. I want to explore this more! . . .
This place cracked me open - open to possibilities that I didn't know were even possible! A huge place in my tiny dreams. Now my dreams can expand even more! . . That ice aqua mass is Perito Moreno Glacier -- one of the only glaciers still expanding while all others are melting! And these mountains towering over in the background ... the lakes, protecting the heart of the ice ... how did I not know you before this moment ? I must remedy this and go into the wild !! . . . . . .