Hiking along Cuicocha Lake, Cotacachi, Ecuador
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee;
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company;
I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
When is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
A walk around the beautiful, quiet, peaceful Cuicocha Lake, perfect for a day of reverie. Surrounded by farmland, in the distance the landscape is dotted with small clusters of houses and views of winding roads. The lake sits still in the center of the crater with no escape and no life inside yet sparkles a brilliant, deep blue. Greens and bright flora grow wild around its edges. I’m always happiest floating as a cloud in the crowding company of nature.