|Triple desert at Beau Bo in Ocean Beach|
|La Jolla Cove|
My destination was Xela, the second largest city in Guatemala. I had been convinced by friends to climb a volcano the following morning. Santa Maria proved to be one of the best and stupidest decisions I've ever made. I had just gotten off the plane and not 24 hours later would I be climbing the second tallest volcano in Central America at 3 in the morning with only 3 hours of sleep! I have no idea what made me to agree to do this, but I did. We began at 3:50 am on a hike that was deemed to take a maximum of 4 hours to reach the summit. 2 hours into the hike, in complete darkness, we were lost. 3 hours in, we had almost made it to the peak but we knew we needed to be on the other side of the mountain. Long story short we added an extra 2 hours to our hike just trying to get back on the trail. It turned into a 10 hour hike in total including one personal, 5 minute, emotional breakdown. The lack of sleep, stress of traveling and whirlwind of emotions I felt after leaving the states all hit me like a wall in the midst of ascending this seemingly unconquerable volcano.
|Matt, Casey, Yo, George, Kelly, Kim and James at the base of the volcano. 3am Saturday morning.|
I had a nice support team who helped me reach the top and it was amazing to see the views at 12 thousand feet. After taking a look around I completely passed out on top of a rock. Best 20 minute nap ever!
|A view from half way up|
|12, 375 ft up|
|sunrise off the beaten path|
|Yoga atop a mountain in Guatemala... missing mt. helix and thinking of you, Rose!|
A huge thanks goes out to each and everyone of you for all your support!