"Where is your spirit of adventure?"
"Mom, I don't have the spirit of adventure. I have the spirit of relaxation!"
I suspect she got that and her good sense from her father, a most practical man. But I digress. Let's get something straight about Vesuvius. It is sold as more or less of a walk. It isn't, it's a climb or at the very least, a hike. There is a path which is covered in a dirt/gravel mixture. It's fairly steep and takes a good 45 minutes. MO, who walks 3 or 4 miles a day started out at a fast clip that she couldn't keep up for long...over confident, that one. She couldn't keep up with her daughter and huffed and puffed her way to the top.
|Guide with Naples and Bay of Naples in the background.|
This volcano has a fascinatingly destructive history. To read more about it and the surrounding area I recommend this page from geology.com: Mount Vesuvius-Italy. (Scroll down a bit as the info doesn't seem to be at the top of the page.)
Hawaii's Kilauea. You will see the massive crater and some steam coming out of several rocky formations, which made MO's daughter a little nervous having been told by the guide that Vesuvius is five years overdue to erupt.
The experience of standing on the rim of this volcano and seeing the massive crater, then turning and seeing the city of Naples and the bay stretch out before them took their breath away...and just after they'd caught it!
"You RAN on top of a volcano, what is wrong with you ???"
I wish I'd been there. I could have asked how much time she had.
This is the post card MO's daughter sent to her fiance.
Anyone who knows her would find this hard to believe, but it is actually documented. Where she bought the postcard at the top (where the star is that she made) they stamp it saying that you were indeed at the top.