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salmon. Hip-deep in water stood fly-casting expert Joe Brooks. As cameras whirred Mr. Brooks made an inspired cast. The technique was faultless, but the results were consoling to amateurs: That morning the salmon stayed far away from all the confusion. In recent years, Nahuel Huapi, with its ex cellent skiing, has begun to build an interna tional winter tourist season. "A good thing for the community," said Mary. "People here need a year-round industry." She had seen the results of seasonal unem ployment on her rounds of YWCA projects in San Carlos de Bariloche, the adjoining town. The YWCA supervises the children's room at the regional hospital, and members generously give their time to educate moth ers in matters of literacy and health. "The greatest problem is tuberculosis in rural areas," said Mary. Poverty, of course, is a basic cause. A greater income from tourism, winter as well as summer, will help buy bet ter food and health conditions. Thus can sce- nic beauty help conserve human resources. From Nahuel Huapi National Park, our schedule called for a northbound flight to Mendoza. So, for lack of any scheduled flight, we ended our rustic stay in the forest with another touch of luxury: a chartered DC-3. The comfort lasted less than one airborne hour. Then our pilot emerged from the cock pit with news of a bad storm ahead. "Severe winds," he explained, "even ice." Grapes for Commerce, Parks for Joy This was flat, dry Patagonia, but along the Rio Negro stretched a checkerboard of irrigat ed land. It was a curiously formal landscape; towering poplars rimmed rectangular plots of smaller trees. Mary and I consulted our map to find the nearest airport, at Neuquen. "Well," said the pilot, "Neuquen is famous for apples and peaches-but it isn't listed in our guidebook." Nevertheless, the green orchards encour aged me. "I'll bet they have wonderful food," Squirt of wine marks the Festival ofVendimia as Argentinians gather for the annual blessing of the fruits in the prosperous wine center of Mendoza. Mediterranean vines brought by Italian and Spanish immigrants yield fine grapes in vast hillside vineyards.