By Connor Duryea
I have had the privilege to say that this is my second time experiencing the crazy and unexpected adventures of Guatemala. Last year during our trip I was given the opportunity to be the “Leader Of The Day” on our hike up the volcano. Today (5/31) I got the opportunity to be the leader of the day on my second volcano hike in Guate, and this experience was like none other. As we were on our way up, we were struck by this crazy view of where the lava had torn through almost 8 miles of land below the volcano. This kind of destruction effects the people of Guatemala much more than it would back in my country, due to the Guatemalan economy and the income of the individuals effected by this natural disaster. It is generations upon generations of land, just destroyed in a mere moment. I can’t imagine having my home, and everything I’ve grown up to know, just taken away, gone, dissipated without a way to gain it back. Once we got to the peak it was very cloudy and misty. Our tour guide Rogelio gave us some skewers, marshmallows, and showed us where to roast them over steam pockets raising out of the ground.
The scenery has changed since we left the city, in my opinion the change has been amazing. Going from all city views and not being able to fully enjoy this beautiful “Land Of Eternal Spring” to being on top of a volcano overlooking miles and miles of never ending skies, and beauty. Experiences are temporary, but it is the memories that last forever.