And More Roaming
Another place I’ve always wanted to visit was the Lanzarote volcanic area in the Canary Islands. According to our guide, the volcano last erupted in 1736 in a series of explosions that lasted for 6 years. Vulcanologists found this an excellent area of study, because, as luck would have it, a Jesuit priest was stationed on the island. He was an amateur naturalist, literate, and gifted with an inquisitive mind, and he kept a day-by-day account of the eruptions in a journal that still exists.
The end result was a landscape that has been used for Martian and lunar expedition training, and some very interesting stories. More tomorrow!
(this is what happens when you don’t bring along a virgin to throw into the volcano – which we didn’t.