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16/02/12 - Lord Nelson
A star studded night gave us a clear sky as we made our way to El Hierro.
We were under motor as the wind had dropped. Our ETA was 7AM; this meant we would be arriving before the dawn had broken. It is always more difficult to arrive when it is dark, so we had to be extra vigilant when coming along side. We are always made aware by the Captain of the dangers of arriving and departing port.
The whole procedure went well and it wasn't long before we tucked into our bacon butties. Next job was to get the gangway out. With the gangway in place and our breakfast in side us we prepared for our tour of El Hierro.
The coach was full as we made our way up the winding roads of the hills towards Mirador de la Pena viewpoint. All the panoramic viewpoints of El Hierro were stunning and breathtaking as the next, but the mean attracting was the volcanic actively at the southern tip of the Island. The sub terrain and volcano has been active since October 2011, Bubbles in the sea can still be seen from the volcanic site, 2 miles from the coast, the top of the volcano being about 100 feet below the surface. The trip included a wonderful lunch at La Restinga restaurant. On the journey back to the ship we stopped off at a few other viewpoints.
Signing off, Deck Cadet, Megan.