On a recent trip to Columbia, we visited El Totumo, a mud volcano. Mud volcanoes exist in many parts of the world, and are the result of various geologic processes. El Totumo is about 50 feet high and is filled with mud that is said to have medicinal value. Caleb did not enjoy our dip in the mud bath one bit and so my time in the crater was short-lived. However, I was inside long enough to report that it felt very much as if we had plunged ourselves into a vat of chocolate pudding -- it was squishy and cool and made us very buoyant. Isaac was very content playing in the mud and he and Kenny enjoyed their exfoliating swim for quite awhile. After getting muddy from head to toe, we headed down to a nearby river and were washed by some local women. They whipped off our suits and scrubbed us down -- we were too stunned to protest, but also very clean when the "bathing" was over.