I love hiking near water. I’m not sure if that love stems from early childhood when I was imprinted with wonderful memories while hiking along snow-melt fed streams in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, or results from having spent the majority of my life in the dry, dust-filled deserts of South-Central Arizona. Regardless, the opportunity to hike next to/through/along/over rivers and waterfalls is always high on my priority list. Thus, the chance to hike along and then out onto the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina was extremely appealing. I signed up, geared up, and was off on a full-day hike. What I didn’t expect, however, was to have the chance to hike along the base of a series of steep cliff faces decorated by rich, blooming vegetation and roaring waterfalls. After all, when I think of Glaciers I think of snow and ice…not green vegetation and blooming flowers. In the photo featured in today’s weekly travel photograph the glacier is immediately behind me. The waterfall pictured flowed down across the path, before cascading over a swath of black rocks and then diving into a channel carved beneath the base of the glacier.
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