Crossing

When I get this advice, I am not sure to laugh or worry: “If you see an eruption, run the other way.”

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When I start in the early morning shade …

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… it is cold …

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… and beautiful.

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The track starts to rise, …

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… the vegetation thins.

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I pass a lake …

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… when the sun climbs over the ridge, …

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… lighting things up.

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The terrain becomes more rugged …

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… and the path follows a small stream …

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… into the rocks, …

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… up to the plateau.

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The track crosses the snow …

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… to the next ridge …

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… and a great view.

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Earth exhales.

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Behind the ridge …

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… lies a descent through sulphuric fumes …

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… down a slippery slope …

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… to emerald lakes.

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At the end of the slope …

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… I rest.

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I look back …

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… before I continue …

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… through the danger zone …

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… to the other side.

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