Friday, June 22, 2012

Amelia And The Volcano

On this date seventy-five years ago Amelia Earhart - still in Bandoeng - took time out while the Lockheed got an oil change to look into a volcano.  In her own words -- “I went for an inspection trip myself. My first objective was an active volcano, to the crater rim of which one can drive in half an hour up a beautiful mountain road. At 5,000 feet the trees began to dwarf and the vegetation became less dense. At 6,500, only scrub trees persisted. I could smell sulfur fumes for some time before rounding the last curve leading to the lower edge of the pit. Hundreds of feet below, emerald water had collected in a pool at the bottom. Here and there jets of yellow-white steam issued from crevices….” —Amelia Earhart
She may want these sight seeing tours because in But This Is Different she intends to never leave the island of Nani.
In the photograph Amelia and Fred Noonan pose with a representative of the Dutch East Indies.

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