There were two lakes at the Kolsay Lakes National Park. The host drove us to the first one. The car first stopped at a passport control office. We needed to register. It was true that we were the first ones this year. But I didn’t understand why I met some Russian travellers inside the national park later on.
We then headed to the lake. It happened that the host met some friends at the entrance and so he asked us to follow them. But we were too busy taking pictures so we lost them on our way to the first lake.
At the first lake, we met a few travellers. One of them was a shy Russian guy who couldn’t speak English but could speak a bit of Deutsch. He told me he was staying in a guesthouse inside the national park (wow). I asked him how long it’d take to go to the second lake. He said 3 hours. My eyes popped out. I quickly ate a potato from the packed lunch the host gave me and started walking again.
The trail was icy as it had been trodden by too many people and horses (there were horse trekking trips). The snow became compact because of that I guess and it turned into ice. It was so slippery that I fell over a few times. I was glad I didn’t fall on the poops of the horses. The entire trail was so full of snow and poops, so much more than any other treks I did in South America and other countries. And they were very close together. One pile after another. Gross.
The second lake was very nice. It was covered with ice. It was now a natural ice rink. It was so beautiful. I walked to the lake and washed my feet in the cold water. It was so soothing. But I had to wear the wet socks again. That wasn’t soothing at all. Mount Fitz Roy in El Chaltén in Argentina was hot and dry. That was a very nice experience with Marie and Travis. I still missed it.
I was so tired after I finished trekking mainly because I fell a few times. The path was really too slippery for me. I kept telling myself ‘there’s no helicopter here’ as I walked. That’s what Marie said to me.
The host served us dinner when we went back to the guesthouse and invited me to try his sauna cum ‘shower’. Wow! That was a very different experience. It was a real sauna room and it was extremely hot. I couldn’t stay in the sauna room for too long. There were basins of water in the room and I quickly poured the water on my body and that was the ‘shower’.
The host then prepared tea for us. I was thinking, if I were with some backpackers, we would have enjoyed it a lot. I really did miss travelling with backpackers who were eager to try new things and were curious about almost everything. Staying curious is so important in our lives.
28 March 2013
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