Ferry Land, Part 2

We drove back to the ferry office about ten minutes earlier than they told us. At this point, we were expecting to be checking in twice a day for the next four days or so.  No one on the waiting list had gotten on the previous ferry.

I ran into the family I met earlier and they told me that they were going to get on. He was so excited (this was his 3rd day of waiting).  He instructed me to go check the list.

I went into the office and saw that my name was still on there, number 33, but  a few names had been marked off. A few minutes later, the man that runs the show on ferry loading gathered all the wait-listers around and starting yelling off names on the list so fast I think some people missed there own names. Within seconds, he had gone through the first page (20 names). By the time they reached my name, I was only the third person called who was present. He told us to go buy our tickets! This all happened before the time they even told us to be there, so I’m glad we were early. The ferry hadn’t even loaded a single car.

So an hour and a half later we were backing Red Beard onto the ferry. Some major trucks must not have showed up because at least 6 of us didn’t have reservations. Our lucky day.

The rain continued to pour, so after exploring the boat we decided that we’d head back to the bus. There was only a small waiting room and it smelled wet.

The journey was to last 6 hours, and that included offloading at one port,and driving 20 minutes to another ferry to Parque Pumalin. Of course, the ferry left an hour late.

After schoolwork, Bode was given all-day video game access. He never left the bus again.  Red Beard was still in camp mode so our clothes were in the passenger front seat trying to dry out.

I spent the time trying to catch up with the blog and photos. That is until my butt actually fell asleep.

Jason and I got out to stretch our legs, and were amazed at about 50 waterfalls on the fjords around us. Too bad it was still dumping rain or we’d would have been able to take some decent photos of some of them!

“Radiohead is terrible music.”

– Bode


4 thoughts on “Ferry Land, Part 2

  • February 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    The last photo looks like a horror movie in which the ferns close in and take over the road behind you and you can’t get out.

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    The mood of the photos and the weather reminds me of our (much more expensive) ferry trip along the Inside Passage from Prince Rupert to Juneau in Alaska… Beautiful glaciers, a few whales, all shrouded in grey mist.
    But it wouldn’t bee this green without enough rain!!
    ENJOY – Carreterra Austral, despite all the pot holes, dust, cold, road works, ferry strike (when we visited), volcano eruption, destroyed Chaiten, remains our favorite part of Patagonia — many fond memories. In hindsight I regret that we didn’t travel more slowly…

  • February 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    We’re having the same weather here in Humboldt. Parque Pumalin is great, enjoy!

  • February 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    oh bode, you little hipster you.

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