Volcanic eruptions

[Photos from The Atlantic: In Focus]

Chile’s Puyehue Volcano started erupting on Saturday, sending ash over the Andes into Argentina, which could delay the start of the southern hemisphere ski season at resorts around Bariloche, Argentina. I am totally in awe of the images and video (thanks to the Adventure Journal) that have surfaced of the eruption.

It might be because I have a weird thing for volcanoes. Twice now, I’ve planned a ski trip to a place that happened to coincide with a massive volcanic eruption that shut down airports, roads and definitely made skiing in that place a little trickier. I was trying to get to Alaska in the spring of 2009 when Mt. Redoubt exploded—it took me two days of delayed flights to finally land in Anchorage, where mountains were covered in a thin, grey dust. And I was in Iceland in the spring of 2010 when Eyjafjallajokul (which I still don’t know how to pronounce) blew its lid, shutting down airports in all of northern Europe.

Now I live in Seattle. So here’s hoping that Mt. Rainier sits tight for the next few years…