Patagonia National Park — announced January 2018 — combined the Jeinimeni National Reserve (400,000 acres), the Tamango National Reserve (20,660 acres), and the privately-owned Patagonia Park (200,000 acres).
The part donated by Americans had been a sheep ranch.
Conservacion Patagonica, the organization founded by Kristine and the late Doug Tompkins of The North Face bought the the huge property in 2004 and had been returning it to natural state.
The sheep were sold but Gauchos offered work in the new Park.
Fences and invasive species were removed. Cows are long gone.
They donated it to the Chilean government.
I visited as part of a 6 hour tour out of Cochrane. Watching large numbers of guanacos running free was the highlight.
The Park Headquarters built by the Tompkins is first class, even better than Pumalin.
It includes a wonderful museum and library of essential conservation information.
I learned a lot.
Patagonia National Park should evolve to be the second best hiking destination on the Carretera Austral after Cerro Castillo.
Right now you still need private transportation to get to trailheads. No convenient hiker shuttle yet exists. IF only I still had a bike. 🙄
I reflexively avoid the MOST popular authors assuming they are milk toast.
I’m only now finding out that Grisham is excellent!
The only one of his books I’d read in the past was The Racketeer. And I found it only OK.
But Rogue Lawyer (2015) is a fantastic book. Almost perfect, I thought.
It is a legal thriller about unconventional street lawyer Sebastian Rudd. …
His office is a black customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, and fine leather chairs. He has no firm, no partners, and only one employee: his heavily armed driver, who used to be his client …
It sounds a bit like The Lincoln Lawyer (2005). Indeed, Grisham mentions Lincoln Lawyer author Michael Connelly in his book. It’s a bit of a hat tip for the idea, I assume.
But Rudd is no Matthew McConaughey. Rudd is a low life individual constantly messing up and running from the bad guys. He represents the worst criminals in town.
Rudd is more complex and interesting than the Lincoln Lawyer. He’s brilliant … but always pushing the edge.
The ending was superb, I thought. That’s rare for any book.