Wow what a long but amazing day! We finished our path early in the day and just have a few spots to fill in next week, so only worked till lunch. The afternoon was spent hanging with housemates, doing laundry at the local camp ground and exploring a bit, as well as handing out two #SprinkleKindness cards! 10004 went to buy ice cream and the shop cashier assured me she’d find a deserving family or hand it out on the weekend randomly. 10005 was a potted flower and a thoroughly confused cashier of about 18yrs old whose grandmother owed the shop. She kept saying I don’t understand lol I have little faith in this one, but I guess crazier things have happened and I just have to trust!
We had an amazing dinner of Lamb leg prepared by Jinyoung from South Korea and Lorenzo from Italy. We have had such amazing meals prepared by our house mates that I’m afraid I may have to do some shopping in London, LOL!
We had a few hours in the evening of drawing and painting, for any of you who know me well, even my stick men are pathetic ….but I can do stars! 😉 😉 Stacey!
May around 11pm Jokull our work camp leader from here took us on a rather arduous hike.looking back it was a pretty silly idea with zero knowledge before hand. We set off in a hike without knowing how far it was to the hot river. 3km in we reached the base of the mountain and began our climb…another 3.3km to go! It was the hardest climb I have ever done and made the waterfall stairs from last week seem like heaven in comparison. Remember it is daylight all the time here right now so seemed no different then going at 6pm. The views were incredible and I’m afraid my pics do them no justice. We passed by many geothermal spots that varied from just steam escaping to full on boiling water or mud! When we arrived at the bathing spot it was 1am, and we celebrated with a cold beer in the river. This is where the close call comes in: Chaoyu (chow-ou) from Taiwan fainted or fell asleep from a standing position and was suddenly under the water floating face down, it happened so quickly! Our leader Lorenzo was closest to her and acted quickly any getting her turned upright and to the river bank. We were lucky when she came to she was ok and hadn’t suffered any water damage so to speak. I helped her to the change area as we were afraid the difference from hot to cold and the trauma would cause her to go into shock. We got her into warm dry clothes and a couple of coats and a torque and headed back down the hill. It was the longest trek of my life mentally and physically and I have many blisters and bruises to show for it. We all agree if we’d known how far it was and how tough the trail was we wouldn’t have gone, but that in the end it was SO WORTH IT! I’m so glad that I pushed on when I wanted to quit! I have to say that at 27 Lorenzo is quite a leader and able to motivate and inspire his team to keep going, keep trying! I’m so proud of him and his quick reaction, I think this is definitely someone who will be a friend for life! When we finally made it back to the house Coline, Lorenzo, and I had a quick tea to warm up while we waited for the last 3 of our group who were taking thier time taking pictures to arrive back. Another example of Lorenzo’s great leadership in making sure everyone is ok. It was around 5 am when I finally crawled into bed.