“Always look with your eyes first, then the camera.”

You guys, this trip is incredible. I’m normally constantly worrying about getting workouts in, keeping up with everyone’s blog posts and Facebook (even if I don’t always comment…I always creep on y’all), and all sorts of little things. Right now, I’m exhausted and loving it. I don’t have time to do anything other than our daily activities and eat delicious food and drink tons of wine, and you know what? It’s not so bad. Yes, part of me would like to be running right now – and I think my back/hip/leg/whatever has probably improved to the point where I could try, but I’m too busy. And I’m ok with that. I’m writing right now while AJ takes a nap, as apparently my excessive planning of activities has worn him out. If I do say so myself, I plan a mean trip. Let me know if you want me to plan yours because I absolutely will. It’s my favorite thing after negotiating for cars.

Ok, so this post has a few pictures from our trip to El Calafate (as always, follow me on Instagram for more)! This tiny resort town is in the Santa Cruz Province in the Patagonia region of Argentina. You know, like the clothing brand? It was inspired by this place, and it’s easy to see why.  While in El Calafate, we went horseback riding, trekked on a glacier, and went for one of the most stunning hikes I’ve ever been on! And y’all know I love to hike.

The title of this post comes from the slice of humble pie I was served by our glacier trekking guide. We were invited to come one by one up to the edge of a crevice in the glacier and look at the bright blue water below. Not even thinking, I immediately got my camera out to prepare for the perfect shot. “Uh uh uh, always look with your eyes first, then the camera,” the guide said. I was so embarrassed to be one of “those” people caught up with getting the perfect shot and forgetting to actually look at what I’m seeing, especially since I actually really try hard to do that most of the time. I’m always reminded of the verse of one of my favorite John Mayer songs, “3X5”: Didn’t have a camera by my side this time, hoping I could see the world through both my eyes. Maybe I will tell you all about it when I’m in the mood to lose my way with words.”

The view of la estancia (the ranch) where we went horseback riding! I forgot my memory card so no pictures on horseback…just a few from my phone when we got back. It was surreal.
This little baby is an orphaned guanaco! He’s only 4 months old and comes when you call him, like a puppy. Guanaco are everywhere in Patagonia.
This is the massive Perito Moreno glacier, which we walked on! It’s hard to see in the picture, but it’s all jagged, sharp peaks. The glacier is created from snow that comes in hard over the Andes mountains and compacts quickly to form the glacier. It is constantly building, breaking off at the end (where we were taking the picture from), and rebuilding. It’s staying the same size!
Trekking on the Perito Moreno glacier! Yes, it was this steep and jagged the whole time. You have to wear special attachments called crampons on your shoes – basically spikes.
Next up, hiking in El Chalten – the trekking capital of Argentina! I asked AJ to take a picture with me in this tree, but he did not fit. #giantproblems
The seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, so it was a bit funny to see such beautiful fall foliage in April! This is a view of Mt Fitz Roy on our hike! I couldn’t take enough pictures. I have 1000.
It was a pretty tough hike, but we made it to Laguna Capri! More of spectacular Mt. Fitz Roy in the background. I could have spent weeks hiking here!

We’re in the southernmost city in the world right now – Ushuaia – for a few days, then back to Buenos Aires. Lots more activities planned, which means more exhaustion for AJ and more pictures for y’all! Stay tuned, and keep the comments coming – I’ll be responding to every single one when I get back, and I’m loving reading them all!

Comment time: Do you prefer an active vacation or one that’s more relaxing? You may be able to tell which kind I prefer.

29 thoughts on ““Always look with your eyes first, then the camera.”

  1. Oh my goodness, your pictures are amazing!
    I aim for a solid mix of doing nothing and doing things, but I have been known to wake up at 7am to go for a run so I can hit up wineries once they open at 10. 🙂

  2. Oh. My. Gosh. Now I want to go on this most stunning hike. And eat delicious food and drink lots of wine. Thank you for the pictures, the inspiration and the motivation!!

    1. You’re welcome, Karin! I can’t recommend Argentina enough. It was truly a wonderful and beautiful place!

  3. Gorgeous! I always try to soak up the moment and not get too focused on getting something for my camera, but it’s hard. I definitely prefer an active vacation, while Ben prefers a more relaxing one. I get too impatient because I feel like I’m only there for a short period of time, so I want to cram as much as possible in.

    1. I’m the same way! I almost get panicked about the idea of “wasting” time. I want to visit pretty much every country so I know I will not be going back to most of the ones I’ve been to anytime soon. It creates a sense of urgency and I want to see as much as I can!

    1. Thank you, Shawn! It’s easy to take great pictures when everywhere you turn is so gorgeous. No photography skills required!

  4. I prefer to relax and chill…………..At Cuba! I have zero clues what brand you are talking about. I think you guys went at the perfect time! How warm/cool is it there? Be safe! When do you come home this mind wants to know.

    1. Patagonia is an outdoor/adventure brand – they make clothes for hiking, camping, mountain climbing, stuff like that. I think we went at the perfect time as well! Not too crowded with tourists (they mostly go during December-March, which is summer in Argentina). Temperatures were in the 70s-80s in Buenos Aires, 40s-50s in El Calafate, and 30s-40s in Ushuaia. It got colder as we went farther south.

  5. love it! I’ve only been to Buenos Aires and am dying to go back and get more adventurous. I’m having a “lazy” relaxing vacation right now at a luxury resort with my parents so I make up for it by working out several hours a day. Can’t wait til I get to Europe next week and am constantly going and don’t feel guilty for sitting around basking in the sun. 😉

    1. I can’t wait to see all your pictures and follow along with the blog! You’re going to have an incredible adventure!

  6. I look forward to your pictures each time–they are just incredible! I’m a get out and see the area type of person, but rarely have Alex and I been in a place while visiting for long enough to make legit excursions. Needs to change.

    1. It’s so hard! I love being able to take excursions and do things, but I also get panicked about staying in one place too long, especially if we have flights or something involved. What if I schedule too few days in a place we love or too many in one we don’t care for? Plus there’s sooo much to see, we want to go everywhere but can’t! Bah.

  7. Love seeing all these pics! You can definitely plan my next trip or just take us on your next adventure! We’re always down for something new! Have fun and enjoy the rest of your Honeymoon!

  8. I originally read your question as “do you prefer an active volcano or one’s that more relaxing?” and I thought I had missed the part where you had hiked an active volcano. Also, took me a minute to realise that people who didn’t grow up hiking on glaciers wouldn’t know what crampons were.

    I’m an active vacation person. With a good book, I can handle about a day on a beach doing nothing and then I start to get antsy. It may have been (totally was) the reason for one of my breakups. I always plan “rest days” but those are always just ‘we’re in this city and I have nothing *specific* planned’ but I’m still seeing things.

    I’ve really been enjoying following along on instagram, I’ve shown a few of the pictures to my mom which prompted her to get that memory card out to show me her pictures. I hate both of you right now 😉

    1. Had to laugh out loud at this comment because your definition of “rest days” and mine are exactly the same! AJ does not consider that a rest day, haha. He did find that he wanted to make the most of his time while we were gone, though, and even though he was sometimes worn out and wanted to relax, he ultimately felt like it was dumb to just sit in front of the computer when we could be out and about. Victory!!

  9. Boy, could I use your help planning my vacation/races for the Marine Corp Marathon and NYC Marathon this fall! Planning this trip feels overwhelming between all the sites to see, places to stay, and traveling in the cities. Not to mention trying not to spend a fortune.

    1. I can definitely help a lot with Marine Corps since I have done that race and used to live in the area! Shoot me an email and I’ll be glad to! I can try for NYC (since I’ll be there too and be doing my own research) but I have friends and family in the area that I will be staying with so I have that part a little easy 🙂

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