Friday, 16 August 2013

PITON de la FOURNAISE-the VOLCANO.5/8/13

The vocano summit and the way there
Up for  the. 0600 gite breakfast,the only cooked gite breakfast we got,and very nice.
Short drive to PAS de BELLECOMBE carpark,but could have walked.overcast and cold,but off we went.initial lava scenary good,but then came the rain,cold rain.
after several uphill hours,arrived at volcano summit,for ... No view! So had lunch in a little craterhoping weather would clear.it did briefly,took some pics,and set off on long hike back
Halfway back the sun came out.we were too tired,wet and cold toturn around.however scenary became amazing - the lava lit up,looking back up summit,the red crater on the brown plain.
Back in the car we had a thermos of hot water.after. 3 coffees each,and a big chocolate hit,we were resuscitated,and had another great drive back to boat

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