Welcome back! If you’re reading my trip entries in chronological order, we were just about to enter Torres del Paine National Park! (Want to backtrack? Click Here). Part way through our lengthy travel to the park, I vaguely remember thinking we may have been better served going on a trip to a less remote place. The total length of our trip was only about a week, so I started to wonder. Well, any brief moments of uncertainty dissolved into a new world as we arrived!
Our family took an incredible number of photos, so it is very difficult for me to pare the selection to relatively few. Don’t worry, I will be posting many, many more pictures! I simply wanted to take a moment to explain how overwhelming it is to view the magnificent multiplicity of pictures we have. Once we crossed the threshold in the world of Torres del Paine National Park, enigmatic forces shifted our earthly equilibrium. The sun was still the sun, but it was somehow brighter. The clouds shadowed the landscape with pioneering curiosity; hovering with purpose. Patagonian sky pillows drift to paint perspective into the otherwise implausible canvas.
One may accuse me of getting carried away with overly dramatic language or poetic nonsense as I describe Torres del Paine National Park. My response to such allegations is that words will never adequately describe what renders you speechless in life. Perhaps, my immoderate words are simply compensating for this deficit. As we rode through the park, there was very little conversation; only the rumbling of our van. Any attempts at verbalizing what we gazed upon would have been redundant. At most, an occasional “Wow.” or a subtle point with a shared smile were exchanged.
I can say with certainty that I’m thinking of our trip as a whole as I write of my initial impressions as well. I plainly cannot fracture the grandeur of the entirety of the unreal perspectives and scenes we witnessed into its original components. That said, I will attempt to breakdown the time we spent in Torres del Paine into individual episodes in further entries. For now, here are some more pictures from our first day driving in. The true adventure of our trip still awaited us!