Laguna 69, Huaraz, Peru, November 6, 2017

What a horrible sleep!  Actually, it felt like I didn't sleep at all.  My bed was a mess this morning - it looked like a tornado had gone through in the night!  And, I had a 5 a.m. alarm to go to Laguna 69.  

We went on a packed bus for 2 hours until our first stop at a restaurant and the worst breakfast I've ever had.  The bread was hard and I'm sure the egg had been fried last night.  After, we carried on to a Chinan Cocha which is 29 meters deep-

 
We got to the starting point of the hike and it was going to be 1 hour on open, wide trail, slightly inclined, then 2 hours on narrow switchback fairly inclined trail.  Well, the altitude nearly killed me.  I could take about 50 steps then I had to stop for a rest.  It was not fun.  Finally, with about 45 minutes left, and pretty much straight up, Richard and I decided to walk down.  That is the last hiking for me FOR A LONG TIME!  Have I mentioned before that I HATE HIKING??

We hiked further than the river-


From where we came-


The path-


We were aiming for the "v" in the center of the picture-


There were many waterfalls along the way-


And cows-


The flatter part of the trail-



Our guide said he'd be following the last group member - Me! so every time I stopped, he stopped right behind me.  Click went his walking sticks on the rocks.  It reminded me of Stephanie click clicking as she flosses her teeth for 15 minutes every night.  It drove me crazy!  Finally I told him that he didn't have to stay with me, I was probably going to turn back and that he could carry on.  He was gone in a flash!

This pretty flowering plant grew low to the ground-


The bark on this tree is like tissue paper-


I was 2 old, 2 fat, 2 out of shape, the trail was 2 steep, 2 long and 2 high for me to be successful.  We spent 2 hours hiking up and probably 1.5 hours hiking down.  We were exhausted, dizzy and weak.  We were the only ones in our group who didn't make it to the top!  Oh well.  Too bad, so sad I say.

Once back in Huaraz, supper was an excellent curry-


And I have leftovers!

Looking forward to Lima tomorrow!

P.S.  My family-




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