Luckily for us, our visit to Puerto Cisnes was during the off-season, meaning most vacationers had long since departed and locals were huddling in and getting ready for winter. Omar with the municipality, upon hearing about our project, gave us free reign to camp on a little spit of public park that was just outside of the town. To get there, you drove down along the costanera (shoreline road) and followed a pitted and bumpy gravel path beside a crumbling cliff face that curved around the bay so that in the end, we found ourselves facing the port town from across the bay.
On our first afternoon at the camp site, after securing our camper trailer, we discovered a boat graveyard around the bend on the bay.
The next day, we took the time to explore the site a little further. It revealed a treasure-trove of colors and lines for my camera. Each boat had a name, lovingly painted onto its side. Although time had worn down the boards and other fishermen had scavenged useful bits, the boats were still somehow majestic and beautiful.
A lot of our readings and friends have asked to see what our set-up looked like during our Patagonia trip. Well, here she is.
The tent itself was spacious and not too difficult to set-up. Once we understood the mechanics and had practiced a few times, it only took 30 minutes to set up. Upon entered the tent, on the left was the sleeping bunk. In the ceiling crease above the bunk, Mark installed a strip of LED lights which were such a fantastic addition. You’ll also see our little travel toilet to the right of the ladder (such a convenience!). To the right of the entry, we set up our little living space with camp chairs, table, and stove.