At the end of last month I took a few days to explore a part of the country I had never seen been. Although I had been to two Hawaiian islands before, this was my first trip to the Big Island, and it was bigger than I expected. Circumnavigating the volcanic isle took hours and the winding roads lead to long hikes like the one to a green sand beach and a midnight treacherous trek across a rocky expanse that led to an expansion on our 50th state.
I had no idea that seeing lava flowing into the ocean would require walking 6 miles over rough terrain. Even thought we looked like dorks thanks to these headlamps, we had to navigate in pitch black for over two hours by listening for the ocean, keeping it close to our left. A few times we got too close and almost fell off a cliff! Our walk back was a lot easier thanks to the moon rise.