|There's me on the stairs, the 1751 old volcano on the floor in front of the huge new volcano.|
We rented a car for the weekend and it coincided with Barry’s birthday so off we went on another adventure. We drove along the south shore of the island then halfway up the east side before turning west and driving up to the middle of the island where the volcano is located, the top being over 8,000 feet.
Our first discovery was a lovely waterfall; we left the main road and wound through innumerable switchbacks across three narrow one way bridges and happened upon a lovely pool about 200 m below the falls, scrambling along the boulder on the bank we saw the horseshoe shaped falls. The east side is where the previous lava flows from the volcano have flowed into the ocean.
|Barry with the car we rented in front of a fairly recent lava flow.|
We came across a suspension bridge that was no longer in use. We strolled along taking lots of pictures and took one look over the edge and figured out why they chose to close it!!!
|The cable holding up the bridge, YIKES!!|
|Notice the switchback road in the foreground partly in the shadows.|
The next morning dawned bright and sunny and we set off for the volcano. There was frost on the ground and I had socks, longish pants, a shirt, a sweatshirt and my jacket on to start the hike. At first you went down a huge set of stairs over the edge of a cliff to the floor around the volcano.
|A lava vent|
|The inside of this volcano|
|Notice the new darker lava flow.|
We drove back down the mountain passing through the band of clouds again. It was not nearly as thick as before and we were thankful. It was a Sunday and we encountered lots of Reunionaisse as the locals are referred to, enjoying the day with a family picnic. We had a lovely lunch in a local café we found and afterwards sat and sipped our coffee’s in the accepted leisurely French manner.
We are planning to head to Madagascar in the next few days. Once we leave I will try and post our position daily so check on the link called “our position” to check where we are. We are going to sail up to the north end and spend our time cruising along the west side, out of the prevailing winds. We will be sailing with at least one other boat so once we arrive will have company in the anchorages. Theft from yachts has been a problem there so we are hoping to discourage them by being in the company of others.
|The marina, look at the whitecaps, and the surf, it blows like stink here most days, |
we are glad of the seawall and the protection it offers.