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Monday, March 05, 2007

Guatemala: Assault on Pacaya

Wisps of steam and smoke drift from the Pacaya volcano. Many years ago, I climbed Pacaya. It was a tough climb. First, it was hiking through the trees. Then it was sliding through loose lava scree (which will ruin shoes in a single climb). My hair was blowing horizontally in the high wind. I didn't think I was going to make it to the top. No how. No way. I kept going. And just as it was getting dark, I reached the rim. It was one of the most magnificent things I've ever seen. Bright bubbling orange lava glowed and let off steam. It was awesome.

I may never climb Pacaya again, but looking up today, I remember.

12 Comments:

Blogger jen said...

ahhh. hat's off. i didn't make it to the top of the volcano i tried to climb, so i never got the joy of the top.

travel safely home, friend.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

Simply amazing.

I read about some of the current Guatamala politics today. Take care of yourself.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Wow. I'd like to see that, but for now I saw it here.

7:39 AM  
Blogger gr said...

At the top, did you wish you had marshmallows to roast?

7:44 AM  
Blogger Gordo The Geek said...

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10:23 AM  
Blogger Gordo The Geek said...

Gary, I doubt marshmallows and brimstone are a good combination. ;-)

Amazing, Lucia. Next time we head to Salvador, we're going diving in one of the two flooded volcanoes there.

10:24 AM  
Blogger gr said...

good point, maybe better to toss in a sacrificial virgin instead

1:16 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I'd go but I really have things to do. I'm a virgin, really! Virgin lava mountain climber...

7:15 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

I couldn't have climbed it if the devil himself was chasing me.. even when I was young and skinny.. but I can certainly imagine how beautiful it must have been. :)


Peace,


~Chani

8:50 PM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

What an exciting and amazing story, and told so well! Just the essentials. It almost reads like a poem.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

You must have been a hermit crab in a previous life. And when you died you called out, "NEVER AGAIN." Hehe

4:16 PM  
Blogger meno said...

I have sliced up a pair of hiking boots travelling over lava. Better than my feet though.

I would do it again in a heartbeat.

7:00 PM  

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