Sunday, July 16, 2006

In his hands are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. Psalm 95:4

I was in Mexico last month visiting my family. The lower picture shows my brother, El Granjero and I climbing up the side of the Ceboruco Volcano near Tepic, Nayarit. There were several steam vents on this slope of the active volcano. We had driven close to 20 km up the winding mountain road to get to this point. At this altitude, the air was much cooler than at the base town of Jala. We did not see another human being the entire afternoon and there were no sounds of the noisy world we are accustomed to. As we climbed the last 3.5 km towards the crater, the clouds descended on the mountain. We were surrounded with mist and a stillness that was palpable. The top of the mountain was quite flat with a pine forest that reminded me of Canada. The
experience was surreal, especially when the mist obscured our visibility to the point that we could not see the crater. Thankfully, a line of stones had been placed beside the path that led to the crater for it would be very easy to get disoriented and lost up there! This was a great experience and highly recommended for anyone who likes a vigourous hike. Remember your sturdy footwear and a walking stick!

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