People often ask us what happens if one of us gets sick, and since both of us had some sort of stomach bug yesterday (most likely from bad food or water, though we really don’t remember eating anything bad) I figured that now would be a good time to touch on that subject.
Now, before anyone starts to worry, we weren’t really sick, just a bit uncomfortable for about 24h. Since we were in the middle of nowhere with enough food to last us for days, we decided to just camp an extra night and wait it out, which thankfully worked. Though of course it would have been nicer to curl up in a bed in a heated room, our tent really has become our home and since no matter where it is it always feels the same inside, it really isn’t that bad to hang out in. We ended up listening to an incredible amount of podcasts (This American Life and TedTalks Radio Hour) throughout the day, and for a sick day, it wasn’t all that bad.
That being said, it’s harder to deal with someone getting sick on the road if they are sick for more than just one day. A year ago when Kevin got typhoid fever in Nepal we ended up being at a standstill for weeks, and on and off for months as he recovered from one illness after another. Since Nepal was so cheap we were able to just wait it out in a guest house (four or five dollars a night) but here in Patagonia, we would never be able to do that as its forty to fifty dollars a room here. Thankfully, it’s also a whole lot cleaner down here as well so hopefully we won’t have to figure out how to deal with being sick at anytime soon!
But besides being sick, it’s been a beautiful week! We passed through a huge valley which looked a lot like what I would imagine Montanan to look like, before coming back into the snowy peaks.
And of course, we got to do some fishing as well. As Kevin fly fished, I waded through the river watching absolutely enormous salmon – salmon literally too big for the river – thrash around on the rocks as they swam uphill. Since I’ve never seen a salmon run before, I was incredibly intrigued.