Just kidding, but its creation was announced on my 30th and I was struck by inspiration. I had requested a career break less than two weeks before, so I was busy thinking about all the things I could do during a year off. The options were endless! And so, the timing of the announcement of La Ruta felt serendipitous.
Then, as I was learning more about the work that went into forming La Ruta, I saw a graphic of Tompkins Conservation’s protected areas. Surprisingly, I had already visited one of them (El Cañi), and took it as another sign that traveling down La Ruta was meant to be. During a whirlwind three-week trip through Chile and Argentina in 2017, I’d only had time for two day hikes, but one of them was El Cañi. I realized I’d already been unwittingly lucky enough to see Tompkins Conservation’s work in action and wanted to see more.
And so, before my 31st birthday, I plan to drive the length of La Ruta de los Parques, camping and storytelling along the way (and yes, I know, some of the parks are only accessible by water).