Friday, May 28, 2010

I've Heard Of Snow Days But ... Ash Days?!?

In the 70s I went to school at the American School of Guatemala.  Here is their latest Facebook posting:
"American School of Guatemala DUE TO THE ASH AND PROBLEMS CAUSED BY PACAYA'S VOLCANO ERUPTION CLASSES WILL BE CANCELLED TOMORROW MAY 28 2010"
I climbed Pacaya with some family friends.  It was pretty cool for a 10-12 year old boy.  The active cone was on the side of a taller extinct cone so you could climb up above the active cone and look down and see the hot magma.  I suspect it was more dangerous than I remember it to be.  Unfortunately neither I or my Dad had a camera with us at the time.

6 comments:

  1. That is amazing!!! I've never heard of that.

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  2. Miss McC: They're still closed. After the ash came the rains from tropical storm Agnes. Volcanic ash plus water usually means concrete so they have a tough clean up to do.

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  3. Never heard of anything like that. Then again, I'm from California, so I've never had a snow-day either. ;)

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  4. GH: You're from northern California. They never had snow days up there?

    When the Wife taught out there in Ojai, CA she had mudslide days.

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  5. I grew up in Sacramento, only a few hundred feet above sea level, so it rarely got snow (every 10-20 years). At that low elevation, any snow would melt to rain before it hit the ground...

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