Oregon to Patagonia | A Journey by Jedidiah Jenkins

Oregon to Patagonia

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And so it ends, as sudden as it started. You wait for a day for...



And so it ends, as sudden as it started. You wait for a day for so long, and it is always behind the horizon, and not real. A god to fear and pray to. All of the sudden, without warning, though the head had known for ever, tje day arrives and the heart is always shocked. I am at the airport flying home for good. I am leaving Latin America. I feel heavy, anchored to so many places now. Dredging the lake behind me. But it is a new dawn, the beginning of my year of writing, of becoming a writer and realizing a dream, an identity.



Long ago I booked my flight home on Dec 21st, just because it was convenient and before Christmas. As beautiful fate does, Dec 21st is the summer solstice in Patagonia, the longest day of the year, the day where one cycle ends and a new one begins. The sun reaches its longest command of the day, and then the earth begins to turn again and give a new hemisphere the light. So it is with my life. So it is with bees and symbols and every day feels like a secret hint at a beautiful masterful story being told. I must go and write it all down. I will spend this next year chronicling the writing of this book. I hope you'll stick with me. Happy solstice!



#OregonToPatagonia #summersolstice #newdawn #homefortheholidays (at Aeropuerto Pdte. Carlos Iba~nez, Pta. Arenas)

In this park there are no rules. I never saw a ranger. We just...

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The lions mane lives! This wind in Patagonia ripped...



The lions mane lives! This wind in Patagonia ripped @sophiabush's sunglasses off her face and sucked her gloves out of her pockets and launched them off a condor cliff. It also carved the mountains into the most beautiful shapes I've ever seen. Powerful forces are always responsible for nature's beauty: the ocean, the sun, the mighty flow of water... They can dash you to pieces if you put your ego before them, and they have been doing that for thousands of years. They are in charge, and they can blow down your house, or if you're smart, fill your wings and lift you over the mountain.



#OregonToPatagonia #patagonia #torresdelpaine #conniebrittonhair @conniebritton we love you. (at Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile)

After 16 months of magnetic pull, it’s the most beautiful...



After 16 months of magnetic pull, it's the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.



#oregontopatagonia #icantstoppostingpicturesofmymuse #cuernosdelpaine #torresdelpaine #sorryforsomanyposts #birthdaydiva (at Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile)

The best birthday wish is to be in nature, because nature...

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This condor hovered in the 70mph wind and hardly moved, using...



This condor hovered in the 70mph wind and hardly moved, using the hurricane wind with total ease and humming Bette Midler. Those wings are ten feet across. It could cover me in its wingspan like a blanket or a shield and I would disappear. It can fly for an entire day without flapping once. #OregonToPatagonia #andeancondor #patagonia #windbeneathmywings (at Puerto Natales, Regi'on De Magallanes)

The best way to remember a birthday is to go somewhere strange,...



The best way to remember a birthday is to go somewhere strange, do something strange, to shock your brain into filing that birthday into the 'never forget this moment' folder. Riding a horse to a mountain-top cliff, where the wind is so strong we had to crawl to the edge, and then seeing 9 Andean Condors, who live just below on the cliff's face, rise up twenty feet from us like fighter jets in formation, to hover on their 10-foot wings and investigate us. Our gaucho guide said he had never seen them hover together like that. Patagonia is a birthday present in millions of acres. #OregonToPatagonia #patagonia #lagunasofia (at Puerto Natales, Regi'on De Magallanes)

Some friends finish work for Christmas and immediately get on a...



Some friends finish work for Christmas and immediately get on a plane, well, four plains, horrible lay-overs, puddle jumpers, lost luggage and thirty hours of airports and travel... to celebrate the end of your trip and your 32nd birthday. Some friends are heroes. @sophiabush #oregontopatagonia and @brigconnelly I don't have a headshot photo of you get. Stay tuned. #patagonia #torresdelpaine #chile (at Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile)

It was always Oregon to Torres del Paine. These are the Torres....

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Genetically modern humans left Africa around 100,000 years ago,...



Genetically modern humans left Africa around 100,000 years ago, reached Asia and Australia around 70,000 years ago, Western Europe around 50,000 years ago... And the Americas 15,000 years ago. Roughly. (Some say we made it to the Americas even 35,000 years ago!)



I am in Tierra del Fuego, the end of the road, the farthest reaches of our species for 15,000 years... Until 1969 when a man walked on the moon.



#oregontopatagonia #tierradelfuego #patagonia (at Ciudad Punta Arenas)

Photos dated 1923. Indigenous Selk’nam people of Tierra...



Photos dated 1923. Indigenous Selk'nam people of Tierra del Fuego, the land of fire, in the southernmost part of Patagonia. These are teenage boys in body paint during an initiation ceremony. The area had several distinct tribes that arrived in the region between 10,000 - 15,000 years ago. The Selk'nam men were nomadic hunters and the women were skilled divers. The various tribes fought between themselves and remained distinct for millennia before the Europeans arrived, and had little understanding of the foreign concept 'private property' and the offense of 'poaching the white man's sheep'. The Selk'nam were naked their entire lives, at most a loin cloth. Patagonia is bitterly cold and they stayed warm by living near large forever burning fires, (hence what Magellan saw when he sailed passed a 'land of fire') and resting in a squatting crouch that kept their surface area small. They also developed a supercharged metabolism that kept their body temperature high. The Europeans observed the women, napping in the freezing cold, totally naked in the wind and on the ground. The last full blooded Selk'nam died in 1974.



#oregontopatagonia #tierradelfuego #selknam #earlyTimBurton (at Ciudad Punta Arenas)

This little troll stole my food off my plate… Was...



This little troll stole my food off my plate... Was reprimanded... Then stole another girl's chicken leg... Now he's been locked on the back patio of the hostel. He keeps knocking on the door, with one paw, like a human effing being, demanding more maintenance of his obesity. #dogsofpatagonia #chowhasadoublemeaning #oregontopatagonia (at Puerto Natales, Regi'on De Magallanes)

When Annie Leibovitz does your glacier lighting....



When Annie Leibovitz does your glacier lighting. #GoldenGlacierNominations2015

#oregontopatagonia

A perfect last minute decision: walk into a dilapidated building...



A perfect last minute decision: walk into a dilapidated building that claims to be a tourism office, and tell the guy you want to go fishing. He told me to wait a minute, he ran outside and came back from god-knows-where with Don Hugo. He speaks less than zero English and is shorter than a road cone. But he has been fishing these lakes for 38 years, he remembers back when the only way to go to the hospital was on horseback for three days. He took me to a secret spot, where he said he keeps the trail overgrown with thorns to keep people away... We pushed through thickets and down the cliff to his tiny wooden boat. His fishing poles are a rusted can with fishing line wrapped around it. You can see it here between his legs. He swirls the lure over his head like a lasso and sends it flying to the center of the lake, holding the can out as the line unspools like lightning... And then reals it in quick... And he catches fish like it was absolutely the easiest laziest convenience. He averages five fish an hour. It took me all day to become competent at casting, and I only got a few nibbles. I have a lot to learn. I ate this trout for dinner. #oregontopatagonia #fishinginpatagoniawithatincan

Matthew Mcconaughey dropped us off, Anne Hathaway was shouting...



Matthew Mcconaughey dropped us off, Anne Hathaway was shouting about something, Hans Zimmer tripped into a piano and some other guy died. But all in all it was a great trip. #butwecantlivehere #terraforming #oregontopatagonia #peritomoreno

Happiness is a glass of whiskey on top of a glacier. The ice in...

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"I don’t believe that giants and ghouls and White Walkers...



"I don't believe that giants and ghouls and White Walkers are lurking beyond the Wall. I believe the only difference between us and the wildlings is that when that wall went up, our ancestors happened to live on the right side of it." - Tyrion Lannister



The Wall.



Have you ever come upon a glacier through the darkness of a forest? I hiked across it today.



It can be hard to see something so immense alone. There were other tourists but I knew no one. I need to experience natural beauty with someone else. I can't share it with God, because God is calm. The size and scope doesn't shock Him, He just smiles and says yes I know my darling when I shout. It won't do. I need someone who is just as shocked as me, as young to the world, who slaps my shoulder and keeps repeating himself without knowing he's said it before, 'this cannot be real!'



#oregontopatagonia #peritomoreno #elcalafate (at En El Calafate, La Patagonia, Argentina)

Y’all… I’m here. What was ‘there’...



Y'all... I'm here. What was 'there' for so so long, is now here. My bicycle is rusted and tired, and I am here.



#patagonia #cerrotorre #oregontopatagonia #youcantseethatimcrying #nowihavetwoweeksofexploringdownhere

The border… Just a clearing in the trees. I dragged my...



The border... Just a clearing in the trees. I dragged my bike up a hill to show it Mount Fitzroy in the distance. El Chalten sits at the base of those peaks. They stick up like an over-the-top Peter Jackson Disney dragon layer. No physical thing has ever beckoned me with more strength. Almost there. #oregontopatagonia #crossingfromChileintoArgentina #elchalten #mtfitzroy

Two hundred years ago… They didn’t have pills and...



Two hundred years ago... They didn't have pills and chemicals and filters to make drinking water safe. If you were an explorer, you drank from the mountain stream. One of the few places in the world where it is still safe to do that is Patagonia. I'm taking every chance I get to fill my busted ol' Gatorade bottle with crystal cold snow melt water... I just want to say I did it, I tried it, before the world as it was is completely lost. It tastes so good. Filling up before the final pass into Argentina. #oregontopatagonia #crossingfromChileintoArgentina

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My name is Jedidiah Jenkins, and I am on a bike trip from Florence, Oregon to Patagonia. I'll be gone from August 2013 - December 2014. Back in the 70's, my parents walked across America in search of themselves and the country they called home. My friend Phillip Crosby and I are doing the same, but all the way down to the bottom of the earth.

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