We started at Park Pairumani (view Happy Mobile blog) and hiked up a little way to where we rested a little while, while waiting for Javier who took a separate route to meet up with us so that he could save his 5 B's entrance fee (equivalent to 70 cents)! We gringos laughed at that! When he finally arrived we descended to the waterfall. The first part of the trip.
|Some of the trail to the waterfall|
|Tia, Myles, Javier, and I|
We finally arrived at Javier's uncle's hut where we were greeted very hospitably by the folks that live there. They let us sleep in their two huts that they have and gave us some blankets that they made from the wool of their own sheep. We played a couple games of spoons and then we all were soooo tired that we soon went to bed. Daddy and I slept in the hut where they keep all of their sheep hides! Thankfully they were not smelly!
Poor Tia Techy did not sleep a wink because she was so sore! She said that she hurt so bad that she wanted to yell, but she didn't because she knew that she would wake everybody up! Daddy and I slept okay, but apparently we were the only ones!
Daddy got this beautiful picture of the sunrise when he went out to read his Bible.
|The Heavens declare the Glory of God......|
|one of the kitchens in the village|
|With our Hosts|
|The place where we stayed the night|
|The Sheep Fold|
The Hike To The lake
After we ate our rather outlandish breakfast of hot hogs (The way they say hot dog is very funny! They say something like hood-og only fast) and SWEET coffee, we headed out to the lake.
We climbed up a ridge for about a 4 Kilometers (2 1/2 miles) then we hiked across a beautiful valley which was a nice break before hiking up the last steep slope to the lake.
It was very misty for most of the morning, and at one point when we were way up high, the fog came in all around and we could barely see 40 yards on front of us!
|Climbing up the Rocky Ridge!|
|Myles, Bryan and Gielmar leading the way!|
|Looking down on the River|
We continued on until we came to this beautiful valley with the river running through it.
The last stretch to the lake was very grueling and strenuous! The way that us kids took was straight up the mountain, but the adults and Clancy took a much longer but easier route!
|The Hard way!|
After about an hour of hard climbing we reached the lake. It was breathtakingly beautiful!
|.....And the Firmament Showeth his handiwork!|
|We all rested for a while after arriving!|
This lake is not a natural lake. It was dammed by Simon Patino's slaves long ago. They carried the cement up there on their backs! We had trouble hiking up there without anything! Wow!
|Myles standing on the dam|
We decided to hike around the lake and then take a different route to Caspicancha.
|Tia Techy and I|
We took this picture of a Quechuan couple that were watching their sheep even though they got mad at us!
We hiked up and up until we felt like we were on top of the world and then we started back down a ridge that had drop offs on either side. Creepy!
|Daddy and Javier styling each others hats!|
Every year during the Easter weekend a lot of the people go to the surrounding mountains to camp out.
|Enjoying the delightful sunshine!|
|The three boys on the way back!|
Once we arrived at the park we all rested for a while on the grass! It never felt so good to sit down!!
Daddy and Tia were very sore for about a week, but us youngsters were back to normal within two days or so! Javier and Bryan never felt anything! Stinkers!
We are thankful that we got back safely and Mama was very glad to see us!