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Antigua and Pacaya Volcano
Guatemala Trip March 2009

We later returned to Antigua—such a lovely town with cobbled stone streets and old historic buildings. After a walking tour of the city, we drove toward the Pacific to climb Pacaya volcano. It was a four kilometer steep climb to reach the lava flow. We arrived around dusk and our entire group was mesmerized by the crackling flow. It was indeed a surreal experience as we were confronted with the beauty, strength, and reality of creation. Some in our party had brought marshmallows to roast on the lava heat and were eager to share their feast. We climbed down the volcano using flashlights feeling a unique bond with our group for we had witnessed a very special aspect of our planet.