read to the end to watch a lightning storm at 12,000 feet
Such a colorful story! And selfishly, as a friend, I’m glad you’re here, past the summit and descent, to tell the tale 😁
I also think about the human tendency to battle against nature in general. But instead of nature, it’s the “calling of the universe.” How often do we go against intuition, ignore somatic sensation, or just straight up dissociate? Is this a cry to just “let nature win”? Perhaps!
I love Antigua. It also has a lot to say about colonization. Right outside the old-style central area is a restaurant and artist's retreat that is testament to the bubbles you can create. It's a completely different world encompassing only a handful of acres.
I haven't climbed that volcano but I've done the largest one in El Salvador. I want to take that hike. Honestly, having grown up 6000ft in the air that thinner air sounds amazing. Living at sea level is like breathing thru a blanket for me.
You are a brave woman Sam! The mention of the wild animals would have been enough to scare me off. Beautiful photos, as always.
Incredible writing and story, Sam! My head started to ache in sympathy with you and your husband as it read it. The pictures and that video of the volcanic lightning were just amazing. I'd like to go, but probably won't, so thanks for taking me with you! By the way, altitude sickness is no joke. My husband had it in Park City once and couldn't move from his bed or lift his head for more than a day because he was so ill. So you showed good sense in stopping when you did!
Some absolutely incredible photos in this Sam!
Incredible! Plus, this "The setting sun was even with the rising moon, as though it were neither day nor night but a liminal time that predated time itself. " !!
Oh, I forgot to mention. . . one time Philippa and I walked past that basketball court, and we saw the French chocolatier skateboarding.
This post brought back a lot of happy memories. I recognized all your pics from Antigua. :) Your photos from Acatenango are stunning -- my favorite is the last one, with the happy, rainbow-colored sky in the background. Your photos show the variety of faces that nature can present to us. The lightning storm video is super cool!
I could already see the epitaph on my Darwin Award: AMERICAN WOMAN, 31, LOSES REAL-LIFE GAME OF “THE FLOOR IS LAVA.” Good one! XD (luckily it didn't come true!)
Story and photos and the lightening! WowWowWow!
Great Photos, my favourite one is the evening sky with the trees. The clouds make the picture ten times better.
Stunning photos! I think the struggle to understand and accept one’s limits is universal, though I imagine it gets worse with age. All this is to say you shouldn’t feel bad for not getting to the top, but instead celebrate they fact that you did your best: that you made the journey at all, and got some beautiful memories out of it.