Peru 2.3 - Laguna Ahuak

Wanted to finish up my magical Andean stay with one last Laguna trek. Solo styles. I started near some ruins up above Huaraz. Took a taxi to the trail..... Of course.....

With no trailhead sign or any sort of material suggesting that the trail I was, in fact, on the trail that actually went to the lake. I came across an old man with cataracts near a fork in the road.
"donde esta Laguna Ahuak?" (where is Laguna Ahuak?) "todo recto" (straight ahead he said as he swung is pointing finger 120 degrees across the horizon leaving me confused on which way I should actually be going.

He would be the last human I saw on that hike. After that it was a steady trek of questioning myself if I was on the right trail or not but still enjoying the trek with the mindset that it just might a journey with no destination.

As I got higher the clouds got thicker. Visibility was none. Which made it harder to see if my hike was leading in a somewhat lake toting spot on the mountain. After being in the fog for about an hour I saw it. The sign. Lake Ahuak. I screamed like a girl. Fist pumps. Heel clicks. Air punches. The Andes fed me a dish of love again. To top it off. The clouds broke for long enough for me to have a good look at my surroundings.

Mindfulness means moment to moment nonjudgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally and in the present moment and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with life as it unfolds.
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