by: Robin Lynn
Well, I didn’t lie about anything really big and it was just to my big kids so, I think we’ll all get over it. You see I shared with them rather recently, and probably more than once, that it was going to be years before I ever went on a hike or long walk just for the ‘fun of it’. Moderate hiking in our Stateside National State Parks is something our family has always enjoyed. However, after living here and walking cardiovascular challenging hills on a daily basis it is not high on my list of leisurely past-times – until this week. What was I thinking?????
It all happened because of Jake – he keeps us young. I’m hoping after he flies away from the nest Lowell and I still have these fun adventures but, in the meantime I know it’s because he drives us … and I’m glad. We chose to go back to Guatemala for our ‘time-out’ (90 day stamp renewal for our passports). The guys had already been but now I was along for the ride and this time we decided to include a visit to a nearby tourist site – Ipala Volcano, Crater Lake outside Chiquimula, Guatemala. According to the hotel owners, people at the desk and anyone else we mentioned the possibility of going to, well, the walk to the top was “vale el esfuerzo” or, worth the effort. (I now really, really appreciate this expression!)
First of all let me clue you in on the transportation we used in Guatemala … all our travel from La Entrada, Honduras and throughout Guatemala was via rapidito vans – some of them supposedly can seat up to 21 but on one, we were truly loaded with 48 people – ridiculous! We were always moderately comfortable and never felt endangered – but yes, crowded as all get-out! So, for this day … March 29, 2012 – we headed to Ipala in a rapidito, changed to another in a little town up the highway to get to the base of the mountain and then caught a ride in the back of a truck to the tiny village below the actual trail.
Oh my! Let me say here that labeling this as a rigorous walk is an understatement! We started climbing up this long, hot, rocky, dry & dusty trail – and it took an hour and a half and it was a long, hard trek.
Here are some cool, interesting links about Ipala Volcano and Crater Lake and people even camping there – we felt safe and of course, there were oodles of people there because, even though it was a Thursday, school groups had come because of being close to vacation time and their Easter holidays – everyone is up for an outing. I think there were only 2 others that actually swam but they played ball and had a good time – like us …
Yep, another adventure under our belts and it was definitely “vale el esfuerzo”.