~ up close and personal
After the stress and anxiety of finishing off the school building and the emotional roller coaster of the official opening Nic took off to Australia for some R & R. Deb chose to relax in true local fashion...... by visiting our local active volcano! (Actually, that’s probably not true – “local fashion” would involve much more kava drinking!)
As we were approaching, it emitted a couple of big puffs of smoke but we decided that was just the volcano making us feel welcome....
Our campsite was cleared for us and we dug into some “treats” that Lou brought to Epi for us – the usual stuff we crave but can’t get, like cheese and dip.
We were able to do a bit of a hike up the old lava flow from when Lopevi was firing up last May.
Deb also was able to give climbing a coconut a go, bushknife in hand and all (don’t look, Mum!)
A highlight was the local crabs for dinner (we decided against going diving for more fish after Mike nearly became shark-dinner the day before! Pesky little cartilaginous fish!)
The boys helped chew the kava (looks tasty doesn’t it!)
...and then Rian even volunteered his shirt for it to be strained through, now that’s dedication to your narcotic drink!
Despite the puffs of volcanic ash, curious sharks and waves that did their best to drown our fibreglass dinghy on the way back, we made it to the safety of Epi completely intact (wet, cold and exhausted, but intact!)
Glad we didn’t try to go this weekend – I took this photo this morning...