“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.”

11133991_10103587699034228_2876442582921574803_o-1024x768-1-3 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. 10608669_10103587688355628_8079523514344418351_o-768x1024-1-3 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. 11154633_10103587633735088_3343820769879396545_o-1024x680-1-3 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! 10575417_10103587619842928_6353270538587975923_o-1024x680-1-3 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. 11129327_10103592644278918_2389941349794657032_o-680x1024-1-3 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 1926267_10103592645027418_5866068897821362323_o-1024x680-1-3 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. 11048735_10103592647811838_1445817860691708039_o-1024x680-1-3 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.