Sunday, January 31, 2016

St. Vincent: La Soufriere Volcano

Sunday, Day 23

(I'm so far behind on keeping this blog updated.  So, short version with pictures for now:)

6:45am alarm
eggs for breakfast
make pbj for lunch
out the door at 7:40am

walk down to Diamonds Village gap
catch a ride with local - stops at gas station but takes us to turn off for trail

start walking down road to trailhead, another truck comes up and takes us rest of way - long ways

start hike up - still wearing Teva sandals that I have worn

so hot and humid hair is literally dripping sweat on me
backpack is soaked with sweat

takes 2 hours to reach summit - last 20 minute or so was really hard (steep, loose rocks)
gets cold and windy
walking in clouds last 20 minutes, too

could hardly see anything at top
got some breaks in clouds and little sunshine for couple pictures of the crater
pretty cool view, would be amazing on clear day
could see ocean on other side of island

so cold, shaking
stood there trying to tough it out
Robbie fell twice - bleeding

decide to come back down rather than wait - so so so cold and windy
15 minutes later it clears up - no joke

chat about Peace Corps whole way down
bathroom and snack break at trailhead
continue walk down road hoping for a car

30 minutes or so a car passes and then stops in front of us
4 kids crawl in back and we squeeze in middle row
crawdads from river  - one little boy touches my skin and then screams, haha
drops us off at one intersection past Georgetown

immediately yells at another car at the intersection to take us rest of way
go by Blackpoint, where they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean

this guy happens to be going all the way in to Diamonds - not just to the gap
totally lucked out with rides
relaxed back at apartment - Kate napped, I made a green smoothie - she picked up almond milk for me in town yesterday!

showered and cold shower felt good
so humid no point in drying off - it's impossible
deodorant on wet body is awful
decided to warm up last nights dinner leftovers on plate in toaster oven
plate cracked, food okay -- apparently NOT okay to do that

Kate made pizza - haven't had that in awhile, so good

crazy hair got bigger and bigger as it dried - so humid here, there is not taming it

St. Lucia research (heading there tomorrow), uploaded some pics so I could delete them from phone
bed at 9:30

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