Last Weeks in the Patagonian Paradise

It’s been a while since I last wrote on here. I have moved from Patagonia to New Zealand.

I wanted to write a post summing up my time in Patagonia and posting some photos from my last chunk of time down under. The last couple weeks I was joined by one of my best friends, and we fished our hearts out to full satisfaction. Here are some images from that time!

If you are interested in seeing more photos from my time in Patagonia, I welcome you to look under my “Work” tab on my website where it is says “Fly Fishing Patagonia Chile.”

I also wanted to use this time to share a bit about my thoughts so far! So here are some scattered thoughts related to the grant:

I learned a lot about the effects of salmon farming and Chileans relationship with their oceans and rivers.

 I learned about the complexities of these “invasive” species like salmon and trout— although very damaging to native species and to the environment, species like the chinook salmon and the brown and rainbow trout are loved by many Chileans so it is hard to know if they are a good or bad thing.

Most Chileans are not supportive of salmon farming and they do know some of the harmful effects of the industry. But there is a large lack in scientific research going into the field. That said with the amount of knowledge known on the topic, policy makers are not changing policy to favor the environment, instead they favor money. Finding solutions to the issues of salmon farming is fairly difficult, but I think more restrictions and regulations plus stopping salmon farming in open net pens would be a start. If you are interested in learning more on salmon farming check out my interview with PhD student Andres Olivos.

Here are some scattered thoughts unrelated to the grant:

Traveling alone is the most difficult and rewarding thing you might ever do. It presents a plethora of unexpected challenges that force you to grow and adapt. It will bring you down like nothing you have ever seen, but it will also lift you up in a swirl of euphoria that is unlike anything you’ve ever felt. 

At the end of the day you can tell your story and share with others, but it was your experience. And when your travel alone, only you know what really happened, and yes there is something lonely about that but at the same time there is something absolutely amazing about having some moments just for yourself. 

Patagonia was a challenging quest with many new experiences. I am so thankful for the Adventure Learning Grant for allowing me to grow and stretch and fall and get back up. Now a new adventure awaits in New Zealand! I hope to fish, learn about salmon farming in this country, and learn about traditional Maori fishing techniques. I am scared, as I might always be before a new adventure, but I am so excited as well! Thank you all for following my journey! Much love to all!