Watching a volcano erupt at sunrise...from the top of another volcano!
How many different emotions can you wrap into a 24 hour period? Anticipation. Exhaustion. Nervous. Tired. Inspired. Frustrated. And more.
It's a five hour hike to get to the top of the Santa Maria Volcano. It's not a long distance. But, it's uphill every step of the way. One foot in front of the other. All the way to 12,600 feet!
We had terrible weather for the climb up. In fact, it was drizzly and foggy and when we arrived at the top, we didn't even have a view. Oh, disappointed. Is that another emotion??
The weather at the top was so bad that we couldn't sleep. And, we kept thinking that we were doing all this for nothing and that we would get up in the morning and not see anything anyhow.
But the volcano gods were smiling down on us when we got the call to get up at 5:30am.
"Hey guys, the sky is clear!"
All of a sudden, there was some commotion. We were looking down on Satiaguito, a very active volcano. Well, it seemed that the volcano gods were going to put on a special show for us to make up for our long arduous journey to the top.
We were treated to three eruptions! Absolutely amazing! There really are no words to describe it. Definitely not something very many people get to see, and we weren't expecting to either.
You can visit the Santa Maria Volcano, as well as many other hikes with Quetzaltrekkers, a volunteer hiking organization in Guatemala. All proceeds go to the support and education of homeless children in Quetzaltenango.