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August 10, 2010

I see a Guanaco

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8th August 2010, Esquel, Argentina

This morning the wind was blowing hard again and there were clouds all over the top of the mountain, so I decided to go into Esquel to do my internet activities. I got a lift within a few minutes and on the way down we came upon a herd of Guanacos on the road. So I asked the kind driver to stop so I could take a photo on my Point and Shoot. I think Guanacos are a kind of Llama or Alpaca. I really have no idea. They are quite often on the road or on the hills above the roads. I think they lick the salt that is put on the roads to melt the snow quicker.

Guanaco
A Guanaco (Lama guanicoe)

The guanaco (Lama guanicoe) is a camelid native to South America.

When I got back up the hill, the upper lifts had been closed so I did not miss much skiing. It was a horrible day and I am glad that I had it off.

9th August

Well at least it was a sunny day today. It was actually quite warm last night and this morning the temperature was +3 degrees Celsius. I was hoping that some of the ice might get a bit melted. Some of it did, but the majority of the skiable areas were sheet ice. I skied the Plateau piste most of the day and this afternoon I practiced using the outside edges of my skis, so it was not a total waste.

10th August

Today was a late start and another impersonation of a spring day. It was actually hot. The snow was a bit slushy which is heaps better than ice. We desperately need more snow. More practicing skiing the outside edge.

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