Hiking to the top of an active volcano, in flimsy trainers, wasn’t my best idea, but in the process I got to experience one of Hawaii’s best-known angry locals.
“You must be hunting for lava?” said a significantly more outdoorsy looking man, gripping expensive looking hiking poles, while clad in a state of the art rain jacket and sporting a glitzy looking GPS device around his neck. “Just keep going for as far as possible,” he said, matter-of-factly, as he pointed in the direction from which he’d appeared, before sympathetically eyeing up the splats of black mud already striped across my back. “You’ll be soaked,” he told me, as he perused my soggy trainers and sponge-like hooded sweatshirt, already sopping with drizzle and dew. “But,” he said, reassuringly. “It’s worth every single step”.
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October 15, 2016