Chronicles of the Wayward Moot

WELCOME TO THE MOOT, oh world-wanderers and word-whisperers. After two years of Peace Corps. After 2,200 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. What. Comes. Next?


Okay, now for some Cerro de Arcos pics. I tried only uploading two at a time this time to see if it's any faster, but these two still took twenty minutes so I'm not sure if it's any better this way.
The spiky mabob above is a pretty common site up above the cloud forest in the region known as the paramo. This is where scrub grasses and mosses and lichens rule, but there are succulents as well, and this one is called achupalla. Those colors are not enhanced at all, when they're "ripe" they look like little fireworks frozen in time. Pretty cool, unless you're backing up to take a photo and you impale your calf on one.

Here's Fernando just as we're entering the area known as Cerro de Arcos. That rock face you see is about sixty feet high, and the entire complex of caves and arches and big boulders stretches quite a ways behind what is visible here.


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