We decided to chance it, catch a ride to the park, and beg to hike there.
No sooner did we get to the entrance than we were turned away. With the volcano periodically spewing ash, dangerous conditions could come over random hikers very quickly.
So plan B was to walk back to Secret Garden, a 7 mile walk with just a little elevation gain and loss.
|A rather weak national park sign.|
|Note the dark surface of the snow on the right side of the peak. That's ash on top of the snow.|
|Modeling his Cotopaxi brand bag with Cotopaxi in the background!|
|A runoff stream full of ash.|
|Drilling a well?|
|And more "wildlife".|
|You might see this photo on our Christmas card.|