It was nearly 9 months ago that I said it out loud, though it was much longer that the idea was lingering in the back of my mind. I would cross Patagonia with Darcie my dog and two horses.
It all began with my move to Patagonia two years ago. I had been bouncing between Alaska and the rest of the lower 48 trying to find home. Darcie and I went from living in a van in Colorado to tenting in Portland backyards, and just about everything in-between. 49 states down and we still didn’t have a place that we could comfortably call home.
Patagonia was always in the back of my mind as I had imagined a wild land, open country, a horse culture still very much alive and the gaucho (a group of hard-nosed roamers who’ve found a way to co-exist with a now more “modern” Patagonia while still preserving the old ways of their people).
It was when I first visited two years ago, to the day, that I fell in love with the country and ended up moving permanently just three months thereafter. Upon arriving I was met with Patagonian gaucha legend Carol Jones, who quickly took me under her wing as I was eager to learn all I could from the way of the gaucho.
Now, after two years of immersing myself in the culture and learning the language and customs of the people, I’m ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, travelling 1000 miles trhorugh Patagonia, diving deep into the rich history and culture of the locals while documenting and sharing these undying formalities with you.
My objective for Patagone is to bring to life the beauty and simplicity of slow travel.
During these months leading up to the expedition, I’ll be sharing my blog containing my experiences during the preparation for the trip. This will include flying with your dog to another country, purchasing a horse, choosing the right equipment to take, learning to keep your animals safe in the backcountry, reading maps, and more. My hope is that these experiences will help those of you interested in planning to travel by horse, whether it’s several months or a single day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stevie Anna grew up in the woods of Oregon, the deserts of Texas and ended up in the heart of the wilderness of Patagonia. An avid adventurer, she spends her time traveling the world to explore other cultures.
ABOUT THE EXPEDITION:
Accompany world traveler Stevie Anna on her latest journey to South America’s Southernmost region in Patagonia. Patagonia which connects the countries of Chile and Argentina was first discovered by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the early 1500’s. Although the lands themselves were inhabited for many years prior by a tribe of nomads known as the Tehuelche.
Stevie Anna now calls this part of the world home, and in this endeavor she delves deep into the rich history and culture of its inhabitants. Connecting with important local historical figures such as Carol Jones, whose family ties to these lands go back decades, and learning the language and customs of Carol’s people, The Gaucho, a group of hard-nosed roamers who’ve found a way to co-exist with a now more “modern” Patagonia while still preserving the old ways of their people.
Stevie’s mission for this trip is to discover, document and share these undying formalities during her solo journey covering over 1,000 miles by horseback with her dog Darcie.
To contact Stevie and to read more details of the expedition please click here.