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Penguins & Patagonia: Exploring Península Valdés

The day after our rainy arrival on Península Valdés, the skies still held remnants of the rain of the day before, which only made the views more spectacular as we explored the 16 kilometers of coastline at Rincón Chico. Estancia Rincón Chico is a privately owned parcel of about 100 square kilometers (a UNESCO World  … Read more

Penguins & Patagonia: Rainy afternoon happy hour book club

On the afternoon we arrived at the gorgeous Estancia Rincón Chico on Península Valdés, it was pouring rain, windy, and cold. So, we decided to have our author talks and book signing that afternoon, with the timing just perfect for cocktail hour. It was beyond wonderful to talk about My Last Continent with readers who  … Read more

Penguins & Patagonia: Back at Punta Tombo

John and I volunteered at Punta Tombo with the University of Washington’s Penguin Project (now the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels) back in 2006. We’d always dreamed of returning to the colony, though we were also a little worried about what we might find. We know that the penguin population is down by 45 percent at  … Read more

Penguins & Patagonia: Puerto Madryn

After a couple of sunny days in Buenos Aires, the next stop on our Penguins & Patagonia Adventure was the much cooler, windswept oceanside city of Puerto Madryn in Patagonia. The amazing two days we spent here were arranged by Carol Mackie de Passera of Causana Viajes (indeed all the Argentinian details of the trip  … Read more

Penguins & Patagonia: Buenos Aires

It was more than a year and a half ago that Susan McBeth and I began planning our Penguins & Patagonia Adventure by the Book, and when we found ourselves in Buenos Aires at last, we could hardly believe the trip was finally happening (and a small part of our group would be headed to  … Read more

Join me in Patagonia in October 2018!

Save the dates: October 29 to November 6, 2018! Join me and Adventures by the Book on a journey through the majestic land of Patagonia and immerse yourself in the setting that helped inspire My Last Continent. When I volunteered at the Punta Tombo penguin colony in Argentina, helping with a penguin census of the  … Read more

Chasing Penguins

As soon as I met my first penguins (chinstraps, Adélies, and gentoos) in Antarctica more than twelve years ago, I fell in love with these incredible animals. Two years later, when I had the opportunity to help the University of Washington’s Dee Boersma with a Magellanic penguin census in Patagonia two years later, I (along  … Read more

Bookstore Geek: Boutique del Libro in Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Strolling around Puerto Madryn during our Penguins & Patagonia tour, we almost missed this lovely bookstore, Boutique del Libro, which is on the first floor of a shopping mall on the main street through town (“first floor” in Argentina is what we Americans think of as the second floor). This is the view from the  … Read more

Bookstore Geek: The Antique Book Shop, Buenos Aires

One afternoon on our recent Penguins & Patagonia Adventure, we walked through the glamorous Buenos Aires neighborhood of Recoleta, an area with an abundance of beautiful boutiques and shops. Bookstore geeks that we are, we couldn’t resist stopping into this beautiful antique bookstore. There’s something so appealing about old books, and this store is no  … Read more

Bookstore Geek: El Ateneo, again

When I was in Buenos Aires for the Penguins & Patagonia Adventure with Adventures by the Book, it was my third visit to the glorious El Ateneo bookstore (known as El Ateneo Grand Spendid; there are two other, smaller branches of El Ateneo in Buenos Aires). And it was just as magical a place as it’s  … Read more

Why elephant seals are awesome

I adore elephant seals. They are among the most interesting creatures on the planet to watch (and I’ve traveled to a lot of continents to watch a lot of creatures). For one, they really know how to enjoy life, as you can see in the video I took of this happy girl on a beach  … Read more