Mount Etna - Sicily.

Trip Start Sep 15, 2007
Trip End Oct 17, 2007

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Up at 6am to catch the coach that would be the start of an extraordinary journey to the summit of Mount Etna and back. A 12 hour round trip that incorporated the coach, a train, a cable car, a 4wd vehicle and my 2 feet that would take me to the top of a 3000 metre high active volcano that dominates the eastern landscape of Sicily. I don't know what to say other than it was like walking on another planet. Black ash and solidified lava as far as the eye could see. I had no idea that my expedition today would take me so close to the very top of the mountain. We were above the clouds and it was 0 degrees with a wind chill of -4. What a fantastic experience. I think it is best to let the photos do the talking today, I am a little speechless about it to tell you the truth. Like I said, I just did not expect to be taken so high and so close to the summit. It was pretty cool.

Needless to say I was exhausted when I got back to the hotel. This was my last night in Sicily as tomorrow I had a mission to get myself back down to Pozallo in time for the 9:30pm ferry to Malta. What an amazing side journey Sicily has been for me. I have loved every minute of it. However I am looking forward to returning to Malta and spending the weekend with my friends and family there before the long haul back to Sydney. I don't want my time in Malta to end, however I am torn between that feeling and a natural desire to return home. Like I have done from the first second I stepped off the plane at Malta's airport I am going to live and love every second from now until I have to leave. That is the only way!
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