A few years ago we had the opportunity to visit the town of Bariloche which is located on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi in the Argentine portion of Patagonia. It is a stunningly beautiful part of the world, like no other we've ever visited. The clear mountain light is mesmerizing, the lake and its ring of mountains is jaw- droppingly beautiful, and the scrubby dessert country just to the east of the Andes is stunning. Despite a population in the region of around a hundred thousand, the land is so immense that the countryside is truly empty in most places you voyage. Here's a little demonstration of what we're talking about:
Of course, the Andes mountain chain separates Argentina from Chile, and that neighbouring country was a mere stone's throw from our lakeside cabin. We have been wondering in the last day, with news of the volcanic eruption in southern Chile, what the reprecussions would be for our little paradise. We saw a report earlier today confirming that Bariloche has been affected, and just a short while ago we received images from the proprietor of Balcon al Lago, the lodgings where we stayed, showing the fallout of ash on the lake right outside his home.
^ normal view
^ this morning
^ 3:00PM this afternoon
^ 4:00PM this afternoon
^ 5:00PM this afternoon.
Here's the link to today's images from Balcon al Lago. If we understand the last line of Rodolfo's notice correctly, the lake surface normalized at around 6:30 this evening. It is incredible to realize the sheer magnitude of these natural events, and we hope and pray that our friend and the other fine people of Patagonia get through this safely and with the minimum of disruption!