March 30, 2008
yo <3 bolivia
man, bolivia is beautiful!
on friday we left cochabomba, bolivia to go to a small village to deliver some food since one of their main food sources is potatoes. after visiting the village we went a bit farther because our host wanted to take us on a hike. all of us thought.... oh this will just be a nice little afternoon hike. take some nice scenic pictures - you know. we were already at 14,000 ft when the bus stopped to drop us off.
no one had any idea what they were getting their selves into.
it began with a nice grassy fields, rocks to climb through, llamas, and sheep playing in the distance....
we kept telling each other... not much further, not much further....
once we kept getting closer it turned into a 70-80 degree rock climb... and there was even remnants of snow!
there were times where i thought i CANNOT do this anymore. if it wasn't for some of my teammates support and encouragement i wouldn't have pushed through at all.
it was SCARY... i think about it and man i would have never done anything like this 3 or 4 years ago.
but I conquered Tunari Mountain and reached the highest peak in Bolivia at 17,000 ft!
not everyone made it. altitude played a huge factor... some people felt like they were drunk... others got light headed. i actually felt ok and had no real side affects from the altitude. just sore sore arms from hanging on for dear life at times....
i really can't believe we did this.... climbed 3000 ft to reach 17,000ft... intense!
us coming back down concentrating so hard.....
....what a day.
Posted by jennifer at March 30, 2008 12:39 PM
What is the purpose of your trip? Journalism, adventure/tourism, or missionary? What have you heard from locals about the current political situation?
Posted by: tony at March 31, 2008 2:44 PM