|6:30 am - the before picture taken in the Area office parking lot.|
|The day was sunny with a few clouds and we traveled with the wind - about 20 to 25 minutes across to the island|
|The Bradshaw's put this wonderful trip together and got us organised with vans, drivers and totalled all the tour coasts|
|I took a few hundred pictures of everything|
|The boats were long and narrow maybe a little shallow with these outriggers to the side - it looks like bamboo poles|
|Getting off the boat was just as exciting as the ride - they did warn us to be prepared to get wet this trip|
|Lashed together bamboo poles, what looks like an old surfboard and poles to hold it altogether. I knew it was shallow water as two girls were shampooing their hair beside our "pier" as we tottered to shore. Luckily this is not where I got wet.|
|500 pesos will get you a ride up to the crater|
|This family told me it was just fine to take pictures of them - of course they did want to sell me a hat.|
|Some homes are made of wood, some are made of cement. Most are open air, some have glass in some windows,|
|A nice hike with a quick steep climb followed by a gradual easy up trail.....in the middle|
|Sister Eckert elected to ride the pony/horse up to the crater. The man on the right is her 'guide'. Every horse has someone to lead and walk the horse up/down the crater.|
|The last 1/3 was up|
|Excuses to look back and take pictures of the beautiful lake behind us|
|We could see back to the lake and also another 'mountain' next to us. I didn't have my "ears" in but I'm pretty sure the guide said that crater was extinct - if it goes off someday then it isn't.|
|The last few meters were the killer. It was nice that those on top said it is worth it.|
|A place for the horses on the side of the cliff|
|Lots of little open air markets and shelters|
|This is the crater. You can see the rest of the lake we came in on beyond it. It is huge.|
|Peaceful little oasis......for now|
|3 par (3 balls) to make a hole in one - of course there is an island to mark your hole instead of a flag. Elder Bradshaw did a pretty good job. The flight down was a very long one.|
|It was interesting to note the steam vents below the other tourist further along the crater. It made me wonder what was going on below me.|
How does it work?
On the way back down I decided to ride a horse and not worry about ankles working. It was very different than any horse ride I have ever been on. Interesting.
After talking to other visitors, taking pictures with some Japanese graduates, taking pictures over the volcano, golfing off the side of the crater, buying and exploring we decided to go back as the day was getting a little stormy.
|The scenic views were better going down|
|The boat ride back home was wet and windy. The ride was about 40 or 45 minutes getting back to the other side of the lake.|
|We laughed and fought the wind and water and bonded in a unique way|
|Sister Stewart used a hat, jacket and small garbage sack to take the brunt of the splash zone - for which I was grateful as I was sitting next to her - laughing all the way|
|Only my back, head, hand, and knees got wet because she was such a nice shield|
|Sisters Burtenshaw, Stewart and Peel trying something they sell to the tourists when they come down - coconut water.|
|The flowers growing over the hut at the resort where the boats docked were beautiful|
Totally worth it.