QUEST FOR PAITITI FIELD JOURNAL :::
ENTRY TEN (June 14, 2004) "ALONE"
was filled by a shared preoccupation- the team was caught
in an unexpected and total isolation. The possibility of not
acquiring pack animals, which were vital to the expedition's
movement, was compounded by the absence of Paulino and Goyo.
Time was passing and all were eager to advance. And then the
morning brought unexpected and welcomed good weather: the
sun! By early afternoon, another miracle: Goyo and Paulino
appeared! They related how they had gone all the way to "Sacramento"
in the valley of the Rio Mapacho, a distance of biblical proportions.
And, they announced, mules, and "arrierros," mile
drivers, would be arriving soon. And, sure enough, just before
the last flickers of the Andean sun sunk below the peaks,
two mules and three men arrived. The mules' owner stayed in
camp that night, as the other two campesinos went to sleep
in a nearby lonely rickety cabin. The team was crowded, with
seven men in two tents, but that was fine. The expedition
was on its way again.
~ Greg Deyermenjian