Martin drinking mate
This morning we got up at 8 and had eaten breakfast, packed and checked out of our hotel by 9 with the intention of doing another 14-mile hike, but when we got outside it was raining lightly and the wind was so strong we could hardly walk down the street, so we changed our bus reservation to return to El Calafate at 1 p.m. instead of 6, then spent the morning exploring souvenir shops, drinking real mate (nasty stuff, and I´d been waiting all week to try it!) and having lunch. The four-hour bus ride went by quickly. The tour buses are like tour buses in the U.S. with big cushy seats that recline, etc. We both read and slept a little. We checked back into Hotel La Loma and now we´re just running errands (buy snacks, get more cash from ATM, mail post cards, etc.) Tonight we plan to eat dinner, swim, read, then go to bed early because we have to get up at 5 to catch our bus to Chile. The Internet connection here is terrible and will probably be worse in Chile if there is one at all during our five-day trek, so I may disappear for a few days. Thanks to those who have been following along and sending e-mails!