Apologies to Ernest Hemingway.
This may be the only blog entry while here in Ecuador. All others have been pre-scheduled, but we finally got a chance to see the mountain for which this town is named, so I thought I’d pinch a photo off the internet and give you a glimpse.
In fact, it’s a better glimpse than we got Tuesday morning because it’s been pretty cloudy and rainy here and our glimpse didn’t last long. And chilly too, but not cool enough to snow down at this altitude (slightly below 10,000 feet).
On the top of Cayambe, however, the snow never melts. This extinct volcano stopped growing just short of 19,000 feet (18,996) and its southern slope has the only snow in the world directly on the equator. Although not the tallest in Ecuador (that one is Chimborazo at more than 20,000) they tell me that Cayambe is the most treacherous to climb. Believe me, nobody on our medical team will attempt it this trip.
I hear the weather back in Maine is still pretty mild. We may have seen more snow yesterday morning than the rest of you will see all winter.