Before our trip to the Galapagos, I didn’t want to get very close to a volcano, in fact the idea of being anywhere near one scared me a little.
Was I scared the morning we set out to hike the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island? No, I was intrigued and excited!
Sierra Negra: A Volcano in the Mist
That’s often the way it is when I think about trying something new. At first I may have some reservations, but ones the time comes to get out there and experience it, I’m excited. It also helps to make sure the information I have is trustworthy, from people that actually know the potential dangers, if there are any. In this case I felt a little silly, because a dormant volcano is nothing to be afraid of.
The landscape we drove by on the way to the volcano was really cool. On either side of the road it looked like a dumping ground for leftover liquid asphalt. It was easy to picture the lava flowing through the area and then just hardening there. In most places the plant life had grown up, covering over that type of landscape, so it was really interesting to catch a glimpse of it.
As we got closer to the volcano the weather got foggy and wet. That made the path kind of slippery. Thankfully the hike was fairly easy, no steep climbing or anything like that. We took it slow, and the Naturalist Guide was always up front showing us the best way to go.
Did we let the dull weather ruin our fun? No! We talked and laughed the entire time. Our daughter had gotten a little bit of a sunburn the day before, so it was funny when she looked down at her muddy feet and started joking around about being a chocolate dipped strawberry.
When we reached the caldera, it was misty so the visibility was not very good. As we ate our snacks we kept staring into the mist, hoping it would clear. It did clear a little and we could see down into the caldera. It was exciting to see what had once been red-hot liquid rock, and to know that we were standing on the edge of the second largest caldera in the world.
The fog did not allow us to get clear pictures of the caldera, but we cherish the pictures we did get. We have a lot of fun memories from that hike, and to have hiked up a volcano with my family was a pretty amazing adventure!