GSA GeoTrip "New Year's at the End of the World: the Geology of Southern Patagonia Including Tierra del Fuego (December 26, 2001-January 10, 2002

Jim's Journal

After all of the work to prepare for the trip and make sure as much of it would go as smoothly as possible, we all made it down to Argentina and Chile. I'd like to thank my two colleagues in this adventure who helped to make it all possible. They are my friends Angel Mansilla from SumajKay Travel and Edna Collis from the Geological Society of America. Without their extensive contributions none of this would have been possible.

The other thing that made this trip a success was the fantastic group of people who went along. I always feel like I'm a coach when I bring people to Argentina. I have to get them into shape so that eating dinner at 10:00 PM isn't that big of deal and get them to understand that Argentine and Chilean wine will solve most problems and worries. It was particularly hard for me to determine how a group this large would put up with the frequent, long bus rides that we needed to take to get to the field sites. The long austral summer days made this somewhat easier to withstand but I really don't think anyone got half as much sleep as they are used to getting. I know I didn't.

I'd also like to thank Heidi Galloway who managed to read and enter my handwritten journal into MS Word format so that it could be presented here.

Here is a list of the participants. Most of us have email accounts and can be reached by clicking the name.


Jim Reynolds (leader)

Joan Alger Dr. Mark Nicolich
Dr. Joan Baldwin Ruth Nicolich
Greg Bernaski Robert S. Osinski
Christy Brenner Erica M. Palson
Imelda Cragin Erica M. Peterson
Dr. Jack Donahue Sally Rothwell
Dr. Jessie Donahue George C. Sharp
Dr. Mary E. Dowse Danielle R. Sharp
Donald W. Hagen Dr. K. Lee Shropshire
Peter L. Kresan Carol Shropshire
Dale Kunitomi Dr. Don Triplehorn
Grace Kunitomi Julia Triplehorn
Dr. Monte Marshall Dr. Mary Emma Wagner
Barney C. McCasland, Jr. Dr. G. D. Webster
Ross D. McCasland Beverley Webster
Dr. Christopher V. Metzler Dr. John B. Williams
Dr. Robert S. Yeats

Clicking in any of the boxes of the calendar below will take to the journal entry. Most days will eventually  include some photos.

Brevard, NC to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires to Río Gallegos
Excursion to Cabo Virgenes
Río Gallegos to El Calafate
Boat Ride on Lago Argentino
El Calafate to Puerto Natales, Chile
Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park
Excursion on Ultima Esperanza Sound
Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas to Lago Escondido, Argentina
Lago Escondido to Ushuaia
Estancia Harberton Excursion
Beagle Channel Excursion
Ushuaia to Miami, FL
Miami to Brevard, NC

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