Volcano Climb Cancelled

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 15, 2010

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Flag of Chile  , Lake District,
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Today we were to climb Villarrica volcano here outside Pucon.  I got up at 6 am, but at 7 am when we were due to start, the
guide canceled the climb because of the strong wind.  Outside the hostel on the street,
you can see the volcano with smoke coming out of it.  We were supplied with crampons in addition to the ice
axes for the final 3 hrs of ascent but I have been assured that it will be no
more difficult than the hike I did to the Torres towers on the "I" walk.  Hilary and I were
relieved when we heard the trek was canceled today, but there is 100% chance it will go

I skipped over describing the vegetation once we crossed the Andes, it was
almost jungly and there is a plant maybe 3-4 ft high that I canīt tell if it is
a type of bamboo or not.  It kind of looks like asparagus fern as well.  Another difference is that there
were fewer monkey puzzle trees on this side.  We could have gone
to walk in a park near here but the bus leaves infrequently and I couldnīt re-mobilize myself for
an 8:30 departure.  Some people are doing paint ball this afternoon and
are insisting that I join them but I really have no desire to be a target in the
twilight when they can see me and I canīt see them.  It is not very sporting of
the British, I think..

Instead I went to town to explore and maybe do some shopping.  I found a motorcycle sculpture for Jerry after reading his email wishing me a happy Easter.  I do miss my family especially on the holidays.  Kara wrote in an email that my fish are alive so that was also welcome news.  I explored Pucon and wrote a few more postcards during my lunch of a huge empanada at an outdoor cafe.  I took a walk to the cemetery mirador and saw a funeral -- there were children crying.  The view from the mirador was of the town rather than of the volcano - which was a bit disappointing.

Otherwise, there are hot springs so we are set up to go there tonight even
without the exercise of the volcano climb.  The volcano is beautiful to look at from a
distance in town and I do want to see the activity, but the climb sounds a bit scary.  After another great meal in
Pucon with Anki and Paul, I went to bed somewhat early in order to get up at 5 am for a 6 am
departure for the volcano.

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