The Search for "Agua Potable"

Trip Start May 11, 2006
Trip End May 15, 2006

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Monday, May 15, 2006

At one point, we found ourselves off the beaten path, following a tattered map and vague trail signs that would lead us to drinking water. I wasn't sure what to expect, a stagnant water hole or a trickling stream. Sure enough, we weren't disappointed. At the end of the trail, where a large sign read "Agua Potable", was a waterfall that poured out cool spring water. We took our time to refill our water bottles in the trickling stream and rinse the sweat off our faces.

About 3.5 kilometers before we exited the park, we came upon our final river crossing. Emerging from the bush it opened out before our eyes, wide and murky. Loose branches hung forlorn over the water's edge, lazily flicking the surface of the water.

We knew that our trek was coming to a close, so we decided to make an event of it. Dropping our packs along the river bank, we plunged into the river water rinsing off the day's grunge. We scrubbed our sweaty shirts and pickled socks with gritty sand and river rocks and lay them out to dry. While the high afternoon sun did it's job, we lay floating in the river, soaking up the warmth of the day and contemplating everything we had seen and done in such a short amount of time.
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