Timanfaya

Trip Start Dec 20, 2008
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Trip End Jan 12, 2009


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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

We awoke to a bit of sun and some overcast - but the rains have gone ...

Off to the National Park of Timanfaya.  We arrived at the park just before 11 a.m. and WHOAAA - this place is the busiest place on the island.  Scores of people and we arrived just in time to get a good parking spot.  After parking, you are loaded onto a brown tour bus and it then weaves its way through 14 km of lava fields and mountains.  The views were spectacular, with the best being the epicentre caldera of one of the most cataclysmic eruptions in recorded history.  I cannot describe what we saw in words - but I can say for certainty that a visit to Lanzarote is not complete without visiting Timanfaya.  It is Lanzarote.

Following the bus tour, we saw the side kick shows of a park warden putting dried up lichen into a pit and watching it burst into flames within seconds.  Then, the warden offers you pebbles from the ground and you see how long you can hold these hot stones in the palm of your hands.  Not long.  Apparently 10 cm beneath the surface (yes, that is centimeters), the earth is already 100 deg Centigrade.  Within 10 metres, the earth is at 600 C.  At 4 km below where we were standing, the earth is bubbling with flowing magma.  Lanzarote is not dormant ... her last eruption being in the early 1800s ... not that long ago.

After our spectacular visit to the park, we stopped off for a camel trek.  Anthony perched on one side and I on the other, our faithful mount took us up a steep hill for great views of the park and then returned to the camel station.  Photos to come later of our deuroternomy (sp.?) adventure.

We are now back in Puerto del Carmen, awaiting to ring in the New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all and all the best for 2009 !!!
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