Tuesday, August 10, 2010
|The ascent up Vesuvius from the bus parking area is arduous but not impossible|
We started our morning with a climb up Mt. Vesuvius. We were lucky that the morning was a little overcast, so the hike wasn't as hot as I'd anticipated. With Matthew's help, I made it to the top! Yee-hah!! Last month I took a pain pill and worked on my physical therapy exercises while the group made the ascent. Today I made it with very little trouble. I feel great!
|Matthew and I both reached the summit. Gotta work off that gelato somehow!|
The visit to Herculaneum was very productive. We saw some houses I hadn't seen before, and I was very excited to get into the Suburban Baths, which were closed on our last visit. There is evidence that the windows were glassed in. The pyroclastic flow knocked a basin into more “lava” and fragments of the glass from the window can be seen in the impression in the cooled rock. I have digital pictures of this that I've posted below.
|The basin where it stood under the window|
|The impression in the pyroclastic flow|
|Close-up showing evidence of broken glass|