The lava bubbled, I clutched the railing, both in fascination and fear. Nothing but air and sulfur between me and a fiery grave. Now you are probably wondering, what the heck, am I doing, standing by lava, and no, I am not Indiana Jones. Did I mention that I am about a thousand yards away from it?
I am standing on the edge of Kilauea, one of the volcanoes in Hawaii (or the Big Island). You probably heard about it in the news last year. I am staring at a fiery pool, something that hasn't been seen in this volcano in two years. The reason, because little known to me, it was gonna erupt in about a week, a few days after I got home. Now let's ignore the fact that this thing is gonna blow soon and get back to my story.
I had just come back from dinner ( Pad Thai! ) and a walk through dark lava tunnel ( Never doing that again! ) With my family. The air was cool, and there was the WONDERFUL smell of sulfur in the air( I am kidding it smells horrible, think of the grossest smell you can, that's it).
Tons of people were gathered by the railings, taking pictures or looking through some of the stationed telescopes. It was evening, so you could see the lava pretty well, it basically looked like a pit of fire. It was pretty cool, I mean it's LAVA, yes you are a few thousand years away, but I mean, LAVA!
It's quite an interesting experience, it’s cool that this is the first time lava has showed in about two years, but it also gives you the feeling that it's gonna blow or something. I was scared, and excited. I wanted to get off this volcano, but I also wanted to stay. Volcanoes are quite dramatic.
Now you can imagine how intrigued I was to hear that, about five days later. When my friend excitedly texted me that the very volcano I had been standing on, in awe of fiery lava, had erupted and was causing some viable damage.( Sorry Leilani Estates) and a tone of smoke was covering one part of the island. We now have a joke that it was mad because we put a Canadian penny in the penny pressing machine.
Hopefully if you ever get to stand on volcano, it doesn't plan on blowing up in a few days. And if you don't like small dark tunnels, are somewhat tall ( my dad hit his head) don't go in a lava tunnel. I basically ran through the whole thing, half thinking the lava was gonna come back and chase me.