Consider living just a 15 minute drive and 30 minute bike ride from an active lava flow. Of course you would go see it! … and ponder in awe the forces that form the beautiful earth we call home.
Active lava flows do not occur all that often on this volcano in the ocean (shocking, right?). When lava does ooze out of the side of the volcano and makes it’s way downhill, the locals and the tourists all flock to see it. Some make offerings to Pele, the mythical Hawaiian goddess of the volcano. Others poke it with a stick, should they dare to get close enough and risk their eyebrows searing off in the process. When night arrives, the glow of the lava is spectacular. I was completely filled with gratitude for this incredible universe. I felt fully alive, with the glowing lava on one side of me, the ocean on the other side, and a crisp dark sky sparkling with stars.
Join me on this adventure..
For more information on the 2016 (July) lava flow, check out the USGS website.