one of a series of volcanoes
in the Sierra Madre mountain range across a deep valley from Santiaguito
. Just out of curiosity, I asked Carlos
whether he had a first-aid kit or cell service. Carlos
stopped in town, where his daughter and her mother hopped in the front seat of the van with him. He also bought us a couple of beers at a market near the trailhead and arranged for Carlos
to drive us to Lake Atitlan. I began chanting to myself: "Strength, motivation, clarity." Jay encouraged and pushed me.