“You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust. You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us.” – Gungor (from the song “Beautiful Things“)
So…I have not done the greatest job of keeping up this blog over the last week or so. My apologies! This post is one I’ve been meaning to write for some time and just haven’t gotten posted, so please pardon my tardiness.
A little over a week ago, I once again had the opportunity to climb an active volcano. (Those of you who know me well will remember that I have some experience with volcano climbing from my mission trips to Nicaragua, as evidenced by the photo.) Although I expected that this would be a new experience, I was surprised by how different the climb was from the journey up Cerro Negro – much less volcanic ash and rock and much more dirt. And horse poop everywhere – because people there rent out horses to take you up the volcano and then if you say no at the beginning, they follow you for a while hoping you will tire out quickly and change your mind. But, though different, this was definitely a beautiful experience!
I know you’re all dying to see the photos, but first I want to give just a little bit of background about El Volcán Pacaya. Though there are many volcanoes in Guatemala – including Volcán Pacaya, Volcán de Fuego, Volcán de Agua, and Volcán Acatenango, among others, Volcán Pacaya is one of the most active volcanoes in this region. In fact, there records of eruptions dating as early as 1524. And there were 14 recorded major eruptions (and many smaller eruptions) recorded between 1961 and 2002.
We actually did not summit this volcano – as it is too dangerous currently to climb all the way to the top. You can even see smoke in a few of my photos. (But don’t worry Mom – I am safe from any threat this volcano might impose.)
Without further ado, the photos…
Yes, those are exactly what you think they are: angelitos (more commonly known as marshmallows). Because Pacaya is an active volcano, there was heat rising up from beneath the rocks and we could roast marshmallows (flavored ones, at that!) in minutes. We went through a whole bag within half an hour.
And yes, we did have to climb down in the dark, if you were wondering. Good thing we had a guide…and good thing I was walking with Verónica because the flashlight feature on her phone lit up our path!
Yet another beautiful climb. And a good workout too!
Spanish Words of the Day: volcán = volcano, activa = active 🙂