Visiting volcanoes in Ecuador

Volcanoes abound It’s not often one gets to experience a volcano. But there I was in Ecuador, a decade or so ago, watching a plume of what looked like smoke–but had to be ash–spewing from Tungurahua, translated as throat of fire. In Riobamba and other towns nearby, people were constantly sweeping a film of gray off steps, sidewalks, the front of churches. More ash kept settling down. Obviously, volcanoes can be dangerous but it was…