8/10/08 - 8/11/08
We pretty much love volcanos (or atleast I do) and we stayed on the Caldera (Spanish word for boiling pot) of the largest Sea volcano in the world. The deal: Back in the day - like Greek Gods and Goddesses and stuff -- the island used to be a big circle with a cone in the middle. They just thought that was neat and built very important monuments on top honoring Poseiden and Zeus and those other dudes and dudettes who ruled the world and heavens. Then BOOM. The island blew its top and created a 40 ft. Tsunami that took out the civilizations living on the surounding islands (and all the cool monuments). Then the island was turned into a croissant shape and the cone in the middle turned into lava rock rubble.
Now that you have the history this is our story...
We stayed on the Black Sand beaches on the outer cressent of the island. Basically this means it was really hot because the black attracts heat and in the water were big slabs of lava rock which is jagged and sharp. While Black Sand beaches sounds exotic you better be prepared with modern day rubber to fight off the daggers waiting to jab into your skin.
After half a day on the beach (because that is about all the fight we had in us) we rented an ATV. Yup, you read it right, we rented a four wheeler to go cruising the island for the rest of the day. We drove all the way to the highest point on the island and then all the way to the opposite side of the island (which is about an hour and half ride that involves cliff hangers and narrow roads - don't worry I documented it with video you can experience the thrill live - Real World style) to catch one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world (not cliche - it really was and it says so in books).
The next day we took a half day sailing excurion on a pirate boat that took us on a hike to the top of the cressent in the middle of the culdera (the lava rubble). At the top we were able to actually touch the smoke/steam coming out of the volcano from on the rocks on top (we also captured real live action of that one - and the footage is much better than Vesuvious). After the hike they took us to a spot where we could jump off the boat and swim over to a spot where the volcano created hot springs in the sea and you could rub volcano mud all over yourself (it is supposed to be good for the skin). Finally they took us to Therissa (the least inhabited island in the greek islands. We ate lunch and swam in crystal blue water. I got scared of the fish (because I could see them) and then we got out and took a nap on the boat.
Now we are in IOS at an all inclusive resort where we I hiked and Devin rested because she hurt her back putting down her backpack (resting included laying on a beach chair at a huge pool that overlooked the Sea). We are traveling for the next two days to get to Istanbul. First a boat all day to Athens and then a midnight train to Turkey that will connect us to a train on the border of Turkey and Greece and take us the rest of the way to Istanbul (by the way, the Greeks really, really hate the Turks - every time we even mention we are going to Istanbul next the room goes silent and when we were trying to figure out how to get there NOBODY knew).
Hopefully pictures and more entires from Turkey. We will be there for 5 days and then on to Croatia.
The pirate ship we road to the volcano
Us at the top of the volcano
ATV drivin' : (warning, parents, just remember, we're safely at sea-level again)