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I have been a part of Poetry Soup since 2009, and have made wonderful friendships, and been inspired beyond what I had could have ever imagined .  As a novice poet when I first joined up, I have learned so much, thanks to all of you.  Thank you for the many gifts of poetry, challenges, and inspirations.  But especially for the friendship and encouragement offered here. Thank you all, very much !


Blog Posted:7/30/2010 2:22:00 PM
Have you ever sat on a volcano?  Day before yesterday (Wednesday) we took a short drive and picnic to Lassen National Park, which is an hour's drive from our hometown.  Had a wonderful day....a picnic, and enjoyed one of the wonders of the world, that just so happens to be in our backyard (well almost)!   Posted just a few pictures I took this time while we were up there....still quite a lot of snow on the higher elevations.  If you are ever in No. California....take a drive up this wonderful mountain.  It is one of the lesser known parks in the nation....absolutely gorgeous, still an active volcano, with boiling sulfer areas...and so accessible...never crowded like the better known national parks.  Come and see our beautiful "backyard"!
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  1. Date: 8/5/2010 10:55:00 PM
    Interesting. Actually I stood 40 feet away from the main crater of Mount Etna in Sicily in 1975, at about 5:00am and I witnessed the most gorgeous sunrise ever. Thanks for sharing, Carrie. Best wishes, Caroline.

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  1. Date: 7/31/2010 8:51:00 AM
    Something I have no desire to visit is an active volcano. As a cautious person I would say why would you want too visit one. I guess I wouldn't make a good explorer. I am much to cautious. I wouldn't like the sulphur smell either. I guess it would be a different experience Carrie. I could never figure out people who live under real live volcanoes. Maybe they don't have a choice. Glad you enjoyed it. God Bless Phyl

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  1. Date: 7/31/2010 7:21:00 AM
    Wow, Paula...that is a close encounter, that we've never had here. Although Lassen last blew in one never knows. There are many photos I've seen, that were taken then, and our town was covered in ash and soot during that last eruption. We had friends in Portland when St. Helen's erupted, and like you, they gave us stunning day by day descriptions of the events while they were happening. I would rather picnic, enjoy my day on the mountain, rather than endure it's wrath!!

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  1. Date: 7/30/2010 9:28:00 PM
    Although I live in CA and visited a lot of sites I have never been there. It must be very COOL in your backyard, dear Carrie. I went to Mt. St. Helen's and the museum. It really was impressive. When I visited Maui, I was mesmerized with Hana, the Eastern side of the island. You can REALLY see the presence of the volcano by its BLACK sand beaches and the beautiful, luscious vegetation that reminds us that : somehow "Life Has Its Way"

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  1. Date: 7/30/2010 8:19:00 PM
    No, I never did that. I think it sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon with family. Nice blog,Carrie. LUv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 7/30/2010 4:17:00 PM
    Yup yup got mixed up with a whack teaching group (cough...cult) and had gut wrentching pyscobabble surgery in Pala in Hawaii!!! Grrrrr thos folks should be offer to the volcano...LONG story!

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  1. Date: 7/30/2010 3:55:00 PM
    Do you have a spare room??I'm on my way~so beautiful !!!

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  1. Date: 7/30/2010 2:46:00 PM
    Very beautiful sights Carrie and we saw the two major volcanoes in Hawaii and the lava flow into the Pacific Ocean... up close too but not to sit on it way... its a sight that stays with u a lifetime... great blog today.. happy weekend...with luv..

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  1. Date: 7/30/2010 2:39:00 PM
    I haven't, I got within 1 mile of the read zone one week before MT. ST. Helen's blew.I did sit on gum two days ago for the first time.(on brake at work)LOL True story~God bless you Carrie~Rick

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