Volcanic Landfall

A new resort is built upon the lava plain of the inactive Caldera Riscada in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Photograph: © Jeffrey Cardenas

Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands — The first impression of this landfall is at once welcoming and foreboding.

I am thankful for a safe passage, and I am in a secure place. Still, I cannot help but think of the volcanic disaster occurring on the island of La Palma, 200 miles to the west. Today, three weeks into the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, portions of the cone collapsed and blocks of molten lava the size of three-story buildings rolled down the hillside into an industrial park.

I cannot imagine what it must be like to have the land under your feet tremble, and then watch the mountain above your village explode into molten rock.

On Lanzarote, the Las Montañas del Fuego erupted for six years beginning in 1730, and then again in 100 years later, resulting in the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya. From the deck of Flying Fish, I look at the Caldera Riscada looming over my landfall. All is quiet for now, gracias a Dios.

A solitary fisherman navigates his panga in the early morning light along the volcanic coastline of Lanzarote. Photograph: © Jeffrey Cardenas

Sailing is not just about the wind and the sea; equally important are the places where Flying Fish carries me.

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Let this be a time of grace and peace in our lives   – Fr. John Baker

6 thoughts on “Volcanic Landfall

  1. Jeffrey, I am happy to hear you arrived at your destination Lanzarote, I also am bewildered as how some investors will do anything for the $.
    Safe sailing to you and wonderful to hear Ginny will be joining you soon.

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    • Thank you for your comments, Byron. I think there is an algorithm to property development. Investors calculate the rate of return on their investment and then, to paraphrase the U.S. Special Forces, “Let God sort it out” if the development is in an area of risk. On the Canary Island of La Palma, rivers of lava have destroyed 1,186 buildings since the eruption began on September 19.


  2. Fortunate to be able to observe the earth’s engine making an appearance at the surface.

    Are you being buzzed by a bunch of French people on small, fast boats? The first leg of the miniTransat just finished there.

    As always, thank you for bringing us along on your amazing journey.

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    • I agree, Herb, the earth remains in a state of constant change. And seismic activity and volcanic eruptions cannot be blamed on climate change. It is good for the humility of mankind to remember that nature always prevails.
      Thanks for your thoughts about the journey of Flying Fish.


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