The lava desert near the volcano Kilauea Iki on the Big Island.
This is my final e-mail from Hawaii. I'm a little sad, because I am just about to go lay out in the sun on the white sands and swim in the cool clear Pacific for the last time before I catch my flight to San Francisco.
But I am glad to be going home - maybe this sounds crazy, but this trip has made me appreciate my life in Virginia, and I just hope that this feeling of appreciation lasts for awhile. Until the next long vacation at least (Thailand, anyone?).
I flew to the island of Hawaii for a couple days, people here call it the Big Island. I think I have seen all of America while driving the entire island.
I hiked through a lush rainforest to see a waterfall, I hiked through the lava desert, I walked beside a volcano, I walked on a black sand beach, I have seen funky-shaped cacti popping out of a lava rock landscape, I have visited little towns frozen in1950s time, I have driven through ranch land, I have stood on the southern most point of the United States(yes, even further south than Key West) 1300 miles from the equator.
I spent hours sitting on the beach, imagining that I had walked out onto the rocks feeling the ocean spray against my face.
In doing all of this, I have had the most humbling experience. We truly do live in a beautiful world.
Here are a couple of photos that I took while on the Big Island. One is of Akaka Falls, a 500-ft waterfall located in the rainforest. The other is of a lava desert near the volcano Kilauea Iki. The last one is of Punalulu'u Beach, a black sand beach (it was rainy, so this is the best pic I have).
Wishing you all the best life has to offer,