What an amazing free day today! We hiked a volcano just outside of town! The weather felt perfect, the scenery beautiful, and the views spectacular!
We hiked the long route through rolling hills of volcanic rocks. We certainly had to adjust to the slickness of the downhill descents, but we embraced the challenge.
Three of us opted for horseback rides to the top and enjoyed a different but equally wonderful experience.
We roasted hotdogs and marshmallows in volcanic vents and filled up on s’mores! We then headed back down. Oh, and we also had just enough time to pose for this funny shot… Don’t worry Mom – Sarah is safe, she only PRETENDED to fall into a volcano!! This is just an old steam vent that used to let heat out of the volcano. Now it makes for a pretty great Kodak moment!
Our trusty guides (pictured here, pretending to rescue Sarah) keep us safe and away from any actual danger!
(**No missionaries were actually in a volcano during the making of this mission trip…**)
After the volcano, we spent time at some geothermal heated pools. We relaxed and chatted and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery and each other. We concluded with a fun dinner of pizza. There was so much excitement, someone might have thought we hadn’t had pizza for 3 years.
Finally, missionaries were allowed to contact home and spent time updating family and friends. We’re refreshed for a big day of ministry tomorrow.