We left Puerto Williams the evening of the 3rd en route to our firstdestination, Pia, a fjord on the south side of the Cordillera Darwin.As we left late in the evening, we put into an anchorage only a couplehours or so from Puerto Williams. The next day, we got as far asVentisquero Holanda and an anchorage called Caleta Olla. HolandaGlacier is spectacular! It calves into a proglacial lake and there areplenty of moraines around. We plan to work here later in the trip. Wetook a look around at the moraines and also at a peat bog that we planto core.
On the following day, we headed west along the Beagle Channel,for Pia, but had to change plans partway there. About an hour afterleaving Caleta Olla, we ran into a pretty nasty squall, with lowvisibility and 60 knot headwinds. The seas started to get exciting. Asthe entrance to Pia is rather shallow, we decided to make for anotheranchorage, Caleta Mañana on the south side of the Beagle. There, thingswere pretty calm and we enjoyed some fish Juan cooked up for us.
Finally, on the morning of the 6th, we entered Pia, which has to be oneof the most beautiful places I've ever been. When entering the fjord,one immediately notices the moraines clinging to the fjord walls. Howthey can stay there is a mystery, because it is very steep. The morainecrosses the mouth of the fjord, and Charlie had to find just the rightspot to take the boat across it. We anchored at a small cove in thewest arm, a place that was to be our home for the next week.