We ended up staying an extra day in Junin de los Andes because the main road south was blocked by protestors burning tires across a bridge. Always with the tire burning. There were a few police idly watching, so we knew things weren’t going to change very soon. I was a little surprised they would let these guys make a big fire in the middle of the highway, but everything’s a little different here.
We asked a few folks what the protest was about and they just shrugged and said ‘there’s always a protest’. Not very effective if no one knows what your protesting.
When we finally got out of town we headed to San Martin and turned up towards Lago Lolog. Two of our guidebooks said the camp site up here was free, but we arrived to find it was just more overpriced National Park camping. It looked nice, but I was a bit bummed because I was expecting a freebie. In general, the guide books are either lacking or inaccurate when it comes to camping. And, they just seem to copy each other. Time for the BodesWell guides? I think this is how Rick Steves got started.
We turned around and found plenty of boondocking options right on the lake, but we decided to keep looking.
We ended up at a campsite on Lago Lacar, just south of San Martin. It was packed for the weekend, but everyone left once it got dark and we had the windy shoreline to ourselves.
Ever have trouble keeping track of what day it is? We do. Maybe you should check out the 2012 GoWesty Calendar. Red Beard is featured with a full-page spread. We don’t know which month, but we’re sure it’s a good one.