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Carretera Austral, Southern Highway, on a rainy day!Your Host - John Howard.

I was never a city lover. Being apprenticed in the City of London at age 18, I saved what little I could until a year later (1964) I was able to get a boat to Canada to prospect for gold in British Columbia and subsequently for gold and diamonds in British Guiana (now Guyana) and Brazil - (surprisingly, I still have a few small nuggets saved from all that time ago). I love the true pioneer lifestyle - the wilder the better - and have been living that lifestyle, one way or another, ever since. I won't bore you with details.

Almost everywhere has changed so much in the past 40-years that there are few places left to be a pioneer any more; the arm of 'civilization' reaches out to touch you everywhere nowadays. Even at my cabin at an old mine I have 7,000 feet up in the Columbia Mountains, with the nearest neighbor 40-miles away, there is the ever present feeling of creeping 'civilization'.

Carretera Austral in winter.Hence my interest a few years ago in Patagonia and a longish hunt for a suitable property in order to spend more time there. This hunt I recently thought was over when I found a small estate that seemed ideal.

Alas, despite months of trying to sort out the legal title, the problems the owner had incurred in not paying taxes for countless years, and not even paying for part of the property he was selling - hence he didn't own it - were insurmountable. Thus, the search continues!

Over the years I've enjoyed the company of countless travellers and interesting people - real characters - so there is a welcome for anyone to join me on my travels and to enjoy the great Patagonian landscape and unspoiled nature.

The magical Patagonian fall colors.One great thing about Patagonia is that it is a place where things are still done pretty much the way they used to be. Someone once described it as 'Alaska 100-years ago'.

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"Only to the white man was nature a 'wilderness' and only to him was the land 'infested' with 'wild' animals and 'savage' people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery."

 Chief Luther Standing Bear.

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