Today started off with inspiring lectures by the Peter’s—Harrison and Zika. As we landed on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, we split into groups of three. The intrepid birders followed Peter H.; a second group visited the city of Teguise; and the rest of us opted for the volcano tour at Timanfaya National Park including a camel ride, followed by a winery visit. With ongoing lectures by geologist Tom Sharpe, we learned all about the lava surrounding us and saw lava-cicles, former lava tubes, and constant volcanoes in the distance.
The camel ride was an experience to remember. The biggest shock was adjusting to the camel rise up off the ground, as it definitely felt like we were instead plunging into the ground! I was at the back of the group and was able to see my fellow travelers seesawing along, a true sight to behold. Luckily we all made it back safely, with no camels taking any steep, and possibly terrifying, short cuts.
Prior to the wine tasting, we were able to touch the extremely hot volcanic rock beneath us—up to 50 degrees Celsius! In another section the rock was so hot, all they had to do was place a small, dry bush on the area, and we watched it explode into flames—from a safe distance, of course.
Finishing with a glass of local wine and an exceptional view of the vineyards was the perfect end to an exciting day.