I purposely arrived at the stop early and wore bright clothing to prevent the bus from leaving without me, but it happened anyway. I was able to catch a taxi in order to catch up with my group.

We saw the blue lake – beautiful … almost the same color as the lake was the cloud of smoke that began to grow behind the bus. The vehicle slowed and eventually stopped. Being stuck on the top of a mountain is not an ideal place for a bus, or its passengers. Luckily we had plenty of food and water … and I had enough emergency toilet paper, so the seven hour wait for rescue wasn’t too bad. It was strange to see snow as summer is approaching here.

I hope to have better luck with buses soon, but I can’t think of a better crew to be left behind by, or stuck with. Backpackers are friendly and sturdy.