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Me vs the Volcano

on February 13, 2013

Today in Hilo on the big island we set out for a trip to Volcanoes National Park and Akaka Falls. The excursion included a 3 mile round trip hike out to the Kilauea Iki Crater. The trip description said people should be reasonably fit. My friend and I reasonably fit that description so this should be a breeze.

Not quite. A different company now runs these tours and the cruise line description doesn’t truly describe the adventure. You don’t walk out to look at the crater. You hike down switchbacks to descend 400 feet to the lava bed over hard rock with often challenging footing. Then you trek across the lava bed of the crater before climbing another mile of looping switchbacks back up 400 feet.

Strenuous, often tricky and challenging on the legs and cardio system. But guess what? I freaking did it! It wasn’t easy but I succeeded.

A year ago I wouldn’t have been able to do it. Six months ago before regular Zumba classes I might not have been able to take on the challenge. I was nervous some of the time and grateful for a walking stick and a hand over some particularly precarious spots, but I made it.

The way up was killer. Our guide, a wonderful young guy named David, told me just to go at my own pace and take breaks when I needed. I followed that advice. For inspiration I sang Springsteen songs in my head. My right knee began to tremble on the last switchback but I powered through and reached the group at the top.

It was so worth it. I’m very proud of myself and of my friend for taking on the challenge.

We returned to the ship exhausted. To reward myself I booked a bamboo massage. After a hot shower I experienced 75 minutes of muscle soothing hot oil bliss.

Bonus NSV- for the first time i can wear a spa robe and the bathrobe in the stateroom. They fit!

It’s been another outstanding day. Here are a few photos of today’s adventure.

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4 responses to “Me vs the Volcano

  1. Hope says:

    Hooray!!! You kick ass!!!!!!!

  2. Skye says:

    Congratulations on conquering that challenging hike, to both you and your friend! That sounds like it would be a challenge to most people. And good for you for having the massage when you got back. Excellent!

  3. June says:

    I am so thrilled for you!! That hike sounds super challenging and wonderful. You must be glowing.

  4. Susanne says:

    What a wonderful adventure! And the ending to the day wasn’t too shabby, either 🙂

    Is this what they call living life to the fullest? Go you.

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