Neuquen, Argentina - Now far from the Andes but down at a good elevation for recuperation after sending the summit of the Copahue Volcano, 3001m, the day before yesterday and planning the next move on what is quickly shaping up to be a Volcano Tour. Though it would be nice to head North and stay in Argentina, skiing La Plata next, which is of course the next closest thing on the list, my intuition tells me, however, that there is no snow in Vallecitos and that it is more prudent, when the goal is to ski, to stay in the South.
As for Neuquen, the railway built this town. A line from BA once upon a time and a still functioning link to Bahia Blanca on the Atlantic coast brought people and goods. Now they survive here on there own, having grown to more than 350 000, the lights of the city glowing like a neon beehive in the dark, cold patagonia night, an oasis in a very large semi arid desert.