Have you ever witnessed an active volcano in person? I mean, stood at the edge of the caldera and looked downward into the abyss? My wife and I did exactly that yesterday.
You see, we are on vacation (albeit a working vacation) on the Big Island of Hawai’i and decided to make the trip up to the top of Kilauea to catch a glimpse of the action for ourselves.
We felt a little anxiety while driving up the mountain and seeing signs such as, “entering fault zone” and “watch for cracks in road”. It didn’t help that it was stormy, dark, and eerie, despite being 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
But you know what? The anxiety we felt was immediately erased when we arrived at the edge of the caldera. Despite the plumes of smoke and steam billowing into the air before us, we felt a calm — a sense of wonder — in what we were watching, right before our eyes.
Despite the occasional eruptions and other scary stuff, Kilauea is admired and appreciated by many (just ask the locals). She may have her moments, but she and her sisters have created these beautiful islands. And we love that about her because we love it here! In fact, we plan to return to another viewpoint in a few days to catch a glimpse of the lava fountain.
By now, you’ve probably expected me to turn this story into a metaphor for the SurveyorConnect mission to provide a common ground for surveyors everywhere despite the occasional “eruptions”. But no, I’m not going to stoop to that level. 😉
My wife started a thread here if you’d like to follow along and see some cool photos of the Big Island. Note: You’ll need to be logged in to your SurveyorConnect account to view this thread.
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