Today is a big anniversary for me. Ten years ago today I moved to Canada. Since then, I’ve Journeyed to more places than most people get to see in a whole lifetime, something for which I’m very grateful. To celebrate this, over the next few weeks I’m going to recap my first decade of adventures with some of my Top 10s. I hope you’ll come back and join in.
In case you weren’t aware, some my travels in the last 10 years have been of a literary nature, by way of the Jaspa’s Journey adventure novels by Rich Meyrick. Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting news on this front this coming Tuesday!
To be sure, one of the highlights of my real Journeys was my recent visit to Hawaii, my 50th state. What with Christmas and everything, so far I’ve not had chance to post very much about this trip of a lifetime. But I promise that over the coming weeks, in addition to my Top 10 series, I’ll spill all the beans on my Hawaiian escapades. Starting today…
If visiting the state of Hawaii was one of my highlights of the last 10 years, then taking a helicopter flight over an active lava flow in the southern part of the Big Island was the highlight of highlights!
Last minute adjustments, prior to the Beginning of our adventure
Of the many Helicopter firms available, we went with Paradise Helicopters out of Hilo, and couldn’t have been happier. Despite the flows on the slopes of Kilauea being unusually quiet while we were there (rats!), our pilot, Joyce, still managed to find us some red stuff. And our Doors Off tour, meant we couldn’t have been closer to the action!
Mind the Gap! Our flight was doors off!
Sue’s (unnecessarily) worried about the Possibility of falling out!
Looks like rain might be a Possibility
The Beginning of the lava flows
Until three months ago, there was a high Possibility of seeing lava flowing into the sea along this coast… I definitely have unfinished business with Paradise Helicopters!
Possibility of this stretch of road ever being used again?
Beginning to get excited: smoke issuing from Gaps in the surface of the lava flow
The cooling surface of the lava provides the Possibility for all sorts of strange and tortuous shapes
A Gap in a volcanic vent means the Possibility of seeing molten lava is Beginning to improve
There it is! A Gap in the surface provides my first glimpse of actual molten rock!
Where the flowing lava Begins, trees end (in more ways than one)
The Beginnings of more land: lava oozes from Gaps in the surface to form another pool of liquid rock, which rapidly Begins to solidify
The Possibility of these trees surviving the lava’s onslaught isn’t looking too great – with the helicopter’s doors off, you could smell the burning wood and feel the heat coming from the lava!
Back to the Beginning: a Gap in the clouds means our flight ends as it Began, with a rainbow – a full 360 degree rainbow, in fact, which wasn’t a Possibility I’d entertained when we took off
Today’s pictorial post has been brought to you by the words Gap (thanks to A Word In Your Ear), Beginning (thanks to the Daily Post) and Possibility (thanks to Where’s My Backpack?).
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