We parted ways with Fern, MC and Simon, but we’re sure we’ll run into them again somewhere down the road. For now, we have tentative plans to meet up and snowboard in Kashmir, kayak the Amazon, and race Baja.
It was a little sad not to have another red bus behind us on the drive. It’s been nice having a caravan and having friends around. It makes me miss my friends back in the States (as well as all those I’ve met along the way) a lot more.
But, it was also nice to get back to our [I’d like to insert ‘routine’ here, but we don’t really have one] normal way of life.
So, we headed west to the beach. Jason and Bode hadn’t seen an elephant seal yet, so we drove several hours on a bad gravel road to Punta Ninfa.
There’s a pretty weird old fiberglass lighthouse here, and the elephant seals were down on the beach below us. We found a rope and started climbing down the cliff. Sliding down in some parts. The earth was really soft and crumbly and often it was difficult to find a place to put your foot without setting off an avalanche.
We made it down to the beach and got to see several seals, but no older male. We waited a little while to see if he would come back to shore, as there were lots in the water playing. But soon it got too windy and cold to enjoy sitting around.
Climbing up the cliff was actually a lot easier than climbing down. We had planned to camp here, but the wind was bad, and that huge cliff outside the bus was not ‘child peeing in the night-friendly’. I’d already had enough stress worrying about him on the hike, so we decided to keep driving to a proper campsite in Puerto Madryn.