Travel Photo of the Day (May 2)

One of the most difficult hikes I have ever done was hike to the top of Pacaya, an active volcano in Guatemala.  The views were amazing though.  This photo was taken near the top.

And this photo is of the lava.  I had never seen anything like it before.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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48 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (May 2)

  1. When my family toured a volcano in Hawaii I was blown away at the smell of lava. I had never even considered that lava would have a smell. I would love to do something like this again

    • TBM says:

      The smell is intriguing. I was blown away by the heat. I knew it would be hot, but I didn’t expect to be able to feel it like I did. We could tell we were getting closer and closer to the top since it was getting hotter and hotter. I’m with you Andy, I would love to do it again.

  2. Annie says:

    Our middle son is absolutely enamored of volcanoes. Can’t wait to show him this post!

  3. WOW, that lava picture is amazing. I am so fascinated by volcanoes, and I would love to see one someday! That must have been an incredible experience!!

  4. Hot lava–Very cool!

  5. Northern Narratives says:

    Wow, you visit amazing places 🙂

  6. thirdeyemom says:

    Is the lava always flowing or only sometimes? I wish I would have had the chance to do this volcano when I was in Guatemala yet I had such limited time in Antigua. Next time, right !

    • TBM says:

      I don’t know the status of it now. It erupted a year after we visited. When I was there, they said that it was always flowing. But now, I really don’t know. If you go to Antigua again you should check it out. It was awesome. Even the hike to the base of it was beautiful. Not sure about all the destruction though.

  7. orples says:

    That lava is interesting. I suspect in a few years, it will be be base for abundant foliage.

  8. Gilly Gee says:

    fantastic,I could never climb that hill so I’m glad you did and shared the experience!

  9. zelmare says:

    Love the lava! 🙂 I know very little about Guatamala, need to do some reading…

    • TBM says:

      It is a great country to visit. The people are amazing and there are many volcanoes. Where we stayed, we could see three of them, not including this one that we hiked.

  10. Cee Neuner says:

    WOW!! How close could you get to the lava? One of my dreams is to see a live volcano like that. Amazing!!

    • TBM says:

      It was wonderful and we were right there. There are no railings or anything at the top. You can stand as close as you dare. The heat forces you to stay back though. And hopefully commonsense.

  11. Madhu says:

    Awesome! I have never seen lava like that before either!

  12. scrapydo says:

    Wow, amazing! Thanks for sharing this!

  13. Fergiemoto says:

    Wow – that’s quite a view! What a great adventure. It must have been quite warm being so close to all that hot lava.

  14. niasunset says:

    WOW! I haven’t seen too… Amazing shots… Thank you dear TBM, with my love, nia

  15. T.F.Walsh says:

    Ohh really like the lava shot… awesome.

  16. Lynne Ayers says:

    Kudos to you – that looks like quite the hike and with such rewards. It is apparently hot, with the red showing – how could you get so close? Was it emanating a lot of heat?

  17. Jo Bryant says:

    What a sight to have seen…great photos

  18. This is super cool!!!! I would love to be up close and personal with a volcano (preferably one that is not going to erupt on me!!! 😉 ) **

  19. Myra GB says:

    What a beautiful experience. I should climb more mountains! Oh wow, the things we all long to do. 🙂 Lovely photographs.

    • TBM says:

      I should climb more mountains so I won’t be so out of shape…this hike kicked my bottom. Good luck with your mountain hiking aspirations.

  20. wolke205 says:

    That s really impressive 😀

  21. Wow! We saw Arenal erupt in Costa Rica from about a mile away, but I would love to see lava up close. What does it smell like? Sulfur? Great post! 😉

    • TBM says:

      I would love to go to Costa Rica! It is on my list. I don’t remember the smell as much as I remember feeling the heat from it. But, if my memory isn’t as bad as I think it is, it is a mixture of sulfur, rotten eggs, and ash. But the heat is the thing that really sticks in my mind. I could just feel it coming from the lava…and the surrounding rocks were hot to touch.

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  23. nature is so interesting, breath taking and beautiful at the same time! I would love to see and experience this up close.

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