packrafting rio neltume, hiking huilo huilo
Neltume, Chile is a one-street town just waking up to the boom in Chile's tourism industry. It feels as if every plot of land is being built upon in anticipation of the coming tourist season. The road crews are paving the streets for the first time, and there is money coming in that has never been seen before. Some homes are getting internet. Many look upon globalization as a blessing to their town.
Travel Tip: When looking to stay in a hostel or hospedaje, always ask if the kitchen is available for use. If it is, you know that you're likely in a very open and friendly refuge for the night.
On day two of Patagonia Soul Reese cut his finger down to the bone, but thanks to some handy Wilderness First Responder knowledge he and Tyler were able to get the wound into a manageable situation. No evac necessary. Photo by Tyler Nachand. Reese Wells.
Post packraft attempt on Lago Neltume, it was like trying to take a playboat out into the ocean. Volcan Choshuenco chuckling brightly in the distance, our humanity never more tangible. Reese Wells.
A full panorama of Lago Neltume and Volcan Choshuenco, day two of Patagonia Soul. Reese Wells.
Sad Tyler playing with rocks in that classic, 'What am I doing here?' day three dialogue of any long-distance trip. The colors are popping though, spring is in session. Reese Wells.
Tyler eating a soggy apple during a sandbar break, lost in his thoughts, wondering if his drysuit makes him look more like Darth Maul, or Kylo Ren. Reese Wells.
Tyler paddling the Rio Neltume, looking like a bunch of jellybean colors. The four-piece Aquabound paddle looking really cool too. Reese Wells.
Snowmelt feeds rich soil.
And rich souls feed healthy hearts.
Spring ends, summer starts.