Ralph has completed his work in New Zealand. This is his final post before returning. To read posts 1, 2, 3, 4 please click on the number. The itinerary will all the bells and whistles will be posted on our website later this month. We hope you’ve enjoyed Ralph’s travels.
I’ve had a longstanding passion for seeing volcanoes, going back to 1973 when I climbed Mount Nyiragongo in the eastern Congo and slept on the rim. It had a huge molten crater lake that glowed bright orange, and it bubbled and crackled all night. I didn’t get a lot of sleep — among other things it was cold on the rim! — but I was fascinated. (Nyiragongo has since erupted several times, with a good deal of loss of life, unfortunately.)
So on my recent journey to New Zealand laying the groundwork for our February 2011 voyages aboard
, I looked forward with anticipation to visiting White Island, the site of one of the world’s most continuously active volcanoes…