National Geographic : 1971 Jan
KODACnL.ME BY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHUIOKAYHt JAMLtL. JIANrlLL U N.ab. Beyond the reach of television, the Goodalls enjoy an old-fashioned evening. Tom romps with the girls while Natalie learns to spin wool for sweaters. Slack times often mean school lessons for Abby and Anne, taught by their mother; the nearest school lies 40 miles away across the mountains at Ushuaia. A diesel generator supplies power for lights, radio, household appliances, and electrical tools. me what brings a young woman so far south?" I explained that I had been traveling around South America after completing a job teaching children at a Venezuelan oil camp. I wanted to see Harberton, I said, because I had read Uttermost Part of the Earth, an exciting history of Tierra del Fuego written by E. Lucas Bridges, Mrs. Goodall's late uncle. I had expected to leave the next day, but I was invited to stay. Gradually, Tom's annoy ance at my intrusion on his privacy evap orated. I remained a month and a half. Five months later Tom traveled to my home near Lexington, Ohio, met my parents, and we were married. Soon afterward we were back at Harberton, ready to begin life on a farm that is considered remote even by those who live in remote Tierra del Fuego. I have lived there now for seven years. Argentina and Chile share ownership of this "Land of Fire." Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, or Fuegia, contains 67 estancias such as Harberton.* A few others lie on Chile's Navarino Island to our south. Thus Harber ton just misses the distinction of being the southernmost ranch in the world, although it lies only 80 miles north of Cape Horn, less than 700 miles from Antarctica, and 2,400 miles from the South Pole. Though more than 10,000 people dwell in Argentinian Tierra del Fuego, the family nearest to us lives on a small estancia 20 miles to the west. Harberton Ranks High in Natural Beauty By local standards, our ranch, with 50,000 acres and 9,000 sheep, is small. The largest runs 80,000 sheep on a quarter million acres. But I think Harberton may be the prettiest of all. Our estancia includes four mountains, many steep wooded hills, four dozen lakes, and numerous swamps, some as long as two miles. It also includes 28 islands in the Beagle Channel, our gateway to the South Atlantic (preceding pages). Our home consists of a group of white buildings that overlook a breathtakingly beautiful bay (page 137) surrounded by the channel and by hills that rise to the Andes *See "Argentina: Young Giant of the Far South," by Jean and Franc Shor, GEOGRAPHIC, March 1958.