Guide to Patagonia's Monsters & Mysterious beings

I have written a book on this intriguing subject which has just been published.
In this blog I will post excerpts and other interesting texts on this fascinating subject.

Austin Whittall

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

100,000 hits! and Nahuelito

Well, today is quite a day!, I have just checked the counter at the foot of the page and noticed that we have had more than one hundred thousand hits!

Thank you all for visiting this blog and reading what I have written. I am flattered and honored.

Volcano and ashes
By the way, I was in Bariloche (Lake Nahuel Huapi) with my wife and son, we went there for a few days as it was a long weekend here in Argentina (Columbus Day moved back to Monday 10th).

It was interesting because a volcano close to Bariloche has been erupting for several months now (our flight took us 3/4 of the way to Bariloche and we had to take a bus to cover the remaining 450 km) it is Puyehue Volcano, in Chile. My family's cabin, in the forest, was sprinkled with a talc-like ash and the whole garden and the area where the excess volcanic ash slid off the roof was covered with (I call it sand) volcanic ash. Between 5 and 10 cm (2 to 4 in.) covered the garden, pathways, roads. On Sunday the volcanic plume blew southeast and blanketed Bariloche. Amazing.

Nahuelito or a mirage?

By the way, I will post some pictures and an interesting set I took from the top of Cerro Campanario (a mountain whose Spanish name means belfry and which stands up, alone, above the lake close to our cabin) in it you can see a strange dark shape in the lake which vanished after a few minutes... Nahuelito? I don't think so, but it is a clear example of the strange things that can be seen (though, I had never seen something like that in the 40 years that I have spent gazing at Nahuel Huapi).

A preview:

nahuel huapi lake creature

detail of Nahuelito

The first image, above, shows a view looking north, across the narrow part of the lake, the circle is enlarged in the bottom image. It shows a dark shape floating in the lake, it later disappeared.

More photos and details in my next post.

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