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Ethiopia trip – we’re back!

November 30, 2015 by sarah

We have just got back from our trip to the wilder parts of Ethiopia in the Afar/Danakil region. It was an absolutely fabulous place and brilliant experience with an amazing group of people. I was a little dubious that I could fill three days and nights on an active volcano but I found it mesmerising and constantly changing. Getting back to normal life and reality is going to be difficult after this adventure!

Ode To Erta Ale

Erta Ale you are so fair
With your golden pele's hair,
Such a beautiful and mesmerising sight
I wish I could stand here all night
And take pictures of the changing light.
Lava fountains of spectacular height,
Splashing plumes of orange and yellow
As you churn, grumble and bellow;
We feel Earth's raw power and in awe
Know that after three days we still want more.
Erta Ale in your lava embers
Such sights we will forever remember.

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Me and Jim next to Erta Ale lava lake.


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Erta Ale lava lake.

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Erta Ale at dawn.

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Pele’s hair on Erta Ale.

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pāhoehoe lava on Erta Ale.

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Night time displays were the best but also the most difficult to photograph!

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Sulphur vents at Dallol.

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Camel trains carry hand worked salt blocks from Dallol to the highlands.

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Our group.

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Toyota Landcruiser of the desert.

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Into the cooler highlands.

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Inside Ethiopian church.

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Ethiopian food is delicious.


1 Comment »

  1. vicky stirling says:

    Love the photos, did you feel earth movements also? I wonder how they got the donkeys to carry all that stuff without bridles? Henry wouldnt do that!!
    Have you been picking sloes this year? I dont understand why there arent any round here. Had a great swim today, warm sunshine no wind, 5 people also enjoying it.
    Love vicky

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