The next morning (Sunday) we woke up bright and early to make it to the top before the clouds set in.
We ate a breakfast of pancakes and eggs, and then set off to the peak. When we reached the peak, it was very foggy, but the fogs eventually lifted on one side of the mountain, and we were able to see distant mountains and the valley near Pico. It was a beautiful view, and I did not notice the small amounts of sun that I was receiving. At that height, it didn’t take much to give me a nasty burn on my face and legs!
We hike halfway down to the peak camp and had lunch and praise time and fellowship. Then we proceeded to our campsite, had some free time, and then had a delicious dinner of rice and beans. While we were there, some Koreans arrived. Regan knew a few of them, as one had lived in the same house as him for a few months. So, in addition to our filling dinner, we ate Korean food while hiking in the D.R!
After we stuffed ourselves, we made stick bread (bread cooked on sticks over the fire). Katie taught the others at the camp to do it as well (other hikers, guides, etc.), and we had a great communal stick-bread party!
Monday morning we started the day with mashed potatoes and gravy (instant, of course), and loaded eggs. It was a good breakfast to begin our long hike down the mountain. This time it took us 9.5 hours to get down. In all, we estimated about 30 miles of hiking.
We had a wonderful trip, full of fun, good food, singing, laughing, falling in mud, and even fencing. I’m so glad we were able to go! Next time we attempt it, we’ll have an extra bundle to take with us!
For more pics, go to http://picasaweb.google.com/dtpeterson2/PicoDuarte.