Sam and Mike, our 26- and 22-year-old sons flew in to Lima early Sunday morning, then took the bus up to Huancayo. We attended the Christmas Devotional with the local Mission Zones on Monday, then mostly dinked around on Tuesday (though I wouldn't necessarily count renting and watching the last Harry Potter movie as dinking around), and got neglected chores taken care of.
So, it was Christmas morning, and you had to do SOMETHING!!
Huaytapallana is a beautiful, 18,000+ foot, snow-covered mountain some 25 km up the canyon behind Huancayo. It looks like this on a clear day:
Unfortunately, it's "summer," which is the rainy season, and it wasn't a clear day.
We finally reached the "saddle" at 15,055 feet, from where that first picture was taken, but arrived in the middle of the clouds. A nice sign had gone up since we were last at this point, and a third had already been pried off and burned.
We hope you had a white Christmas, though we hope you didn't have to risk High Altitude Pulmonary Edema to do so.
Dave & Paula