There are roughly three things, mas o menos, that make my heart soar. And I woke up to two of them this morning.
Guagua Pichincha was completely out. For any fellow aspirantes in Tumbaco, you may recognize this picture, minus the eruption plume:
It's Quito, of course, and check out that pointy snow-covered peak towards the center. That's the pointy peak ("Rucu", I think) we can see from Tumbaco. Guagua's last recorded eruption at the GVP (Global Volcanism Program) was in February 2008 when it had a few phreatic eruptions - those caused by aqueous interaction with hot material.
So obviously I'm hoping for something non-destructive to happen while living in Tumbaco, because I have the PERFECT VIEW.
They released a short YouTube video this morning which was thankfully not VEVO (VEVO doesn't work in Ecuador). Still working on the next album to be released soon! These guys are truly inspirational, talented people. I doubt one of my days passes without thinking how I can improve my world based on how they've influenced me. I was lucky enough to meet, interview, and photograph them a couple years ago and am so happy to say they're just as incredible in person as one would hope and expect. Anyway...tonight I dug out one of their other recent videos and watched it as a treat because the internet's working well today! It's almost a half hour long. Enjoy...