Wasting no time, I arranged for Michael (my tricycle driver) to meet me at 230 pm in the lobby for the afternoon's volcanic excursion. It took another hour snaking down the winding road to the lake. The boat ride to the island was slow enough for me to enjoy the scenic views of the ridge/crater and the approaching volcano island. The more impressive looking crater is on the western banks with its conical shape revealing parts of its crater at the top. We were however heading for the main crater in the middle.
The horse ride up was tough for the tiny horsie, even tougher for the guide who had to walk and lead the horse up. The route was hot and dusty, and for most parts featured no shade at all. You could buy a surgical facemask from the locals at 50 php or you could wrap your neck scarf around your face like me. Trust me, you will need either one or the other
Viva No Lava!. Up at the top of the main crater, I was naively expecting flowing lava and the works! I broke into a silent laugh when I was faced with an evil looking sulphuric lake in the crater instead. The views however were superbly magnificent.
Looking down the crater, plumes of hot smoke were rising out of cracks on the rocks. Walking west to a higher viewpoint, there were better views of the lake and beyond. Right there and then, a plume of smoke was fluffling out of a hole on the ground. I placed my hand near the hole just to make sure it was hot. Man! It might just cook an egg!
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