|A beautiful sight in the night.|
Unfortunately, the volcano tour was cancelled on the first night due to heavy rain. It rained most of the time in Tanna this year. In fact, it seems that WARC 2015 has had a lot of rain on their route. El Nino effect? Fortunately, we have not, so this was the first real socked-in rain we have seen while enroute. We had rain in port in New Zealand, but that was more tolerable because we could get in the car and go to the movie or shopping.
|Sixteen of us in one pickup truck!|
The only problem was that there were supposed to be two
transport vehicles and only one showed up. Werry, the owner of the yacht club,
was our driver and he was really mad at the person who failed to show. We couldn’t
understand words, but we could understand the emotion in his phone
conversation! As a result, we piled six women in the cab of his pickup (it was
a double cab) and two women and eight men in the back of it!
|High on the lower ridge before dark.|
|A view from the lower ridge|
The discomfort was well worth it once we got to the top of
the volcano. It was a steep climb up and quite slippery. Dennis and I separated
as I didn’t think I could make it up to the higher rim. But when everyone else
left me, I decided to give it a try. Except for one very muddy area when I fell
and slid down a short distance, I made it to the top – but only because several
people helped me. Every time I tried to get up, I slid further down so a couple
of the gals helped me get up and then a sweet Frenchman, Victor, from one of
the yachts, held my arm until we got to the top. Unfortunately, my bad leg did
not want to cooperate in this climbing exercise and I felt like a really old
|Dante, as in Dennis, ...|
|The view from the higher ridge|
The ride back to the yacht club was just as nerve-racking and uncomfortable as the one up to the volcano, but at least those of us in the cab warmed up. We were all happy to disembark the pickup truck and get back on solid ground. That was enough for a long day.
|This is what we saw as we sailed away from Tanna the|
next morning on our way to Erromango
Later we learned from sailors who went to Mt. Yasur the next night that it had blown large boulders out of the crater into the parking lot after we left! That is what happened in Hawaii, too. We had been at the volcano during the day and after dinner, then just hours after we left, it blew! It has been closed to visitors since. Is it us?