Sunday, December 23, 2007

Two weeks ago, I did a very touristy thing: I took a very expensive helicopter ride over the southern part of the island. It was awesome.

It had been stormy much of that week, but instead of hampering the experience, the unusual weather created some very unique and very beautiful conditions. First of all, both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa were covered in snow. This is Mauna Loa.

Then, because it was raining during the tour, the water hitting the hot lava created fine, wispy, white vapor that curled off the pitchy flow.

A lot of people come to Hawaii for sunshine and palm trees, but I really do think that some of the most elegant moments happen when the skies are grey and the atmosphere is cold and clear.
I almost didn't mind being here that day.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

Helicopter rides are expensive but awesome. If you live on the Big Island, it's a must do, at least once. Looks like you got a pretty good look at the lava. I'm glad you had a slightly better outlook about living on our island, if only for a short time.