Mon 9 Nov 09 - Tue 10 Nov 09
Luke, his sister and I decided to go to Santa Cruz on the lake right after my last class. We got in the lancha (small boat) and headed on a 30-minute ride across the lake to Santa Cruz. This time we weren't close to the brown stuff we were on top of it. In some parts it was so thick it fell like you could walk on it. It was absolutely horrifying! How did it get this bad?!
We arrived in Santa Cruz and they were two hostel choices. One of them looked like it wasn't open and the other one was pretty empty. We stayed at the empty one, La Iguana Perdida. It's a really nice place but the lake situation hit them hard. In total there was 7 of us in the entire town. I stayed in the dorm-style room but Marc, a traveler from London, was the only one in that room so it felt like a private room. Not bad for $4 a night.
The next day Marc, Luke, his sister and I went on a hike. The hike was supposed to take us to the top of the mountain where we can see the entire lake. The hike started out ok then it got more steep and difficult. On top of that my allergies weren't helping at all. It was hard to breathe. For some reason I was allergic to something in the lake. The whole time I was there my allergies were bothering me. Well at some point they let me lead the way so I can manage the pace of the hike. We were walking on the side of the mountain where on one side if you fell off you would tumble hundreds of meters down. Well at one point I looked up to see where the trail was leading and did not notice that the trail narrowed to the point where you had to put one foot in front of the other. I didn't and I put my left foot of the trail and I was lucky enough to catch myself with the other leg. That was a close call. We kept walking and walking and guessing at forks. Until we got to a point where we can see the top but there was no trail leading up to it. It was a bummer that we couldn't make it. Luckily there were so many points where the view was great.
We turned around an made our way back. The walk down was just as hard since it was very steep. Closer to the base of the mountain we were faced with another fork. we picked the left side and Luke started walking down that path. A few meters in we were all running our hearts back as 4 dogs were chasing us. We managed to outrun them and we decided to take the other path instead. We were pretty exhausted by the time we made it back to the hotel. A shower then a hammock was all I needed.