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Popocatepetl Volcano

The 17,886-foot volcano 40 miles southeast of the Mexican capital is the country’s second-highest peak and has experienced at least 15 major eruptions in the last 500 years. The weather here in San Cristobal has just not been to my liking lately. There are too many days when it is cloudy. When it is cloudy, [...]

The 17,886-foot volcano 40 miles southeast of the Mexican capital is the country’s second-highest peak and has experienced at least 15 major eruptions in the last 500 years.

The weather here in San Cristobal has just not been to my liking lately. There are too many days when it is cloudy. When it is cloudy, we get no sun (duh.) When we get no sun up here in the mountains at 7100 feet, it gets COOL. Today, I found out what may be causing at least part of this.

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano, which is about 40 miles southeast of Mexico City and about 150 miles from San Cristobal, has been spewing gas, water vapor and and other materials into the sky for several weeks. That activity has been particularly heavy the last couple of weeks. All this “stuff” blows down this way basically blotting out the sun.

My stay in San Cristobal is about up anyway. Less than two weeks now and I’ll be on down the road.

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Gar Williams liquidated his former life, sold all his possessions that wouldn’t fit into a 46 liter backpack, and left it all behind at age 63. He is now traveling the world, and, in his words, is finally doing what he wants to do. Gar stops by at VagabondJourney.com from time to time to offer his wisdom and advice on the Senior Vagabond series. has written 65 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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