Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
(Author: Ali Edwards)
My walk around the Laguna de Limpiopungo
Only a very few times in my life I have experienced the beauty and vastness of nature to this extent. Walking around this lake at an altitude of 3800m above sea level was a wonderful experience.
I was in the wonderful company of my boyfriend, his daughter and two of his cousins. We had just visited the parking lot of the Cotopaxi at 4500m above sea level, where we had been walking literally in a snow or ice rain cloud. I was chilled to the bone.
The sun came out as soon as we reached the lake. The air was of a freshness and purity I had never experienced before. The lake was reflecting in the late afternoon sun like a thousand diamonds. In all this abundance, I started walking.
I was filling my lungs with this pure air, and discovering the small flowers that grow at this high altitude. The grass under my walking boots felt hard and short. Even though it was very cold, the sun was shining very brightly since I was walking very close to the equator.
Around the lake, the colors were mainly green, yellow and brown. The little flowers were purple, and the water and sky were bright blue. After walking for half an hour, something wonderful happened: a rainbow appeared. The sky was so bright and the air was so pure that I could see the rainbow very sharply. It was a complete arc, I could see its beginning and its end. For the first time in my life I had seen a complete rainbow.
I was amazed by all this beauty, and I remember this walk very often.