Desert Times

Desert days are pretty similar no matter the continent. Cool, windless mornings. Make the most of the conditions on land & in the water. Sun heats land, seabreeze kicks in, waves turn to custard the desert becomes a roasting pan. All you think of is shade, breeze & finding some form of entertainment to last the afternoon .With a bit of luck the wind drops in the evening & you have a final nice little glass off followed by a few warm vinos.

From a soft ball of civilised jelly at the beginning complaining about sleeping on the ground, being hot, sweaty & bored you slowly harden. The grounds not so bad, the mid afternoon sun loses some of its intensity, the same pasta & sauce dish every night tastes pretty good & even salty bore-water coffee with marginally off milk is delicious (no 3-in-1 in Chile. DAMMIT). Then you get back to civilisation. The first shower in a couple of weeks. A soft bed. Mumma Beya’s Sunday lunch. Fuck yea.

Bit of a photo-record of the last couple of weeks 4WD trek up into the Atacama Desert & back. Wouldn’t say we scored wave-wise but plenty of fun to be had in the water & in the 4WD and some amazing scenery!

Found a great little cobblestone A-frame just north of Los Vilos first day. Camped on the beach front & surfed ourselves silly for a few windless days. Chilean Trestles with no-one out. Epic.

The search for the illusive El Teniente proves unsuccessful. Maybe bit of river flow to push out the banks....? Like thats gonna happen in a hurry in the Atacama!

Totoralllo - with 3 rights & a good left this region would be gold with a bit more swell

Punta Choros - Chilean tourist mecca

Choros

Note to self: larger vehicle has the right of way....

North of Choros

The middle classes in Chile are bulging (both in girth & number) & come summer time they ALL wanna go camping. You'll drive through dirt roads, over sand dunes, miles from anywhere & find 50 freaking families camped out with generators, stereos & TVs. Fck knows how they even get in in 2WDs. Took some serious hours of 4WD'g to find somewhere truly isoated. Camped out in the stone ruins of an abandoned 18th century fishing village

Hunter-Gatherer Jose brings back the goods

Chau for now Atacama

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4 Responses to Desert Times

  1. Ana says:

    Great photos Tom! I was talking with Brad about you the other day and I said that I was sure that you would have a blog and Brad said ” he is not that arty!!” hahaha!!! he does not get much into facebook these days (too grumpy for that) I will make sure he knows about the blog.
    Good to see you are doing great with 10 words in Spanish… you should aim to learn 5 every day. xxx

    • Tom says:

      Hey Ana! Yea, blog was a bit of a last minute decision – figure it saves emailing though ;) Chile’s great. You guys really should get over to visit your friends. I’m sure its even better when you know what you’re ordering for dinner! Say hi to young Bradley for me & abrazar grande for Gabbie.

  2. bonniegeronimo says:

    great shots and scenescapes,
    I bet you’re swearing like a desert man now too..!