Side Note: Today we are at the local hospital in surgery while Little Sister has her tonsils and adenoids removed along with having tubes put in her ears. If you are so inclined, please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. As a mommy, I've not experienced any of my children being put to sleep or having surgery. I know everything will go fine but as with anything - I'll feel so much better when I'm on the other side of the experience.
Now - onto a walk in the clouds.....
The road/drive up to the volcano is winding and steep. Sometimes the visibility would be miles...and then other times, right out of nowhere, the visibility would be 10 yards (or 10 feet). The above picture is once such case. If memory serves me correctly, this picture is taken at about 9000 feet elevation.
We pulled over to the roadside and sat for a few moments, just taking in the magnificent scenery. I stood still and felt the mist pass right over my skin and when I mentioned it to hubby, all he could think of to say was his standard, "this is the coolest damn thing I've ever seen."
Only after navigating two thirds of the way up the volcano/mountain do you actually reach the state park part. We paused to capture the following image because I knew that there was little hope that I'd be able to remember how to spell the name of the place that we were. Hell, it took me 2 days to learn how to say it correctly with the correct accent on the right syllable. :)
Just in case you're wondering..........
Holly - ah - kah - LAH (the the accent on the last syllable) is how it's pronounced.
Just around the next curve after the opening sign, we found this:
Isn't that just magnificent? I thought for a fleeting moment that I might just step right off the edge of that ground and just walk right out to the middle of that fluffy cloud and find a horizontal position and look right into the heavens. But - since it was fleeting and I realized that gravity would overcome any thoughts I was entertaining - I decided to just sit right where I was already and experience a few moments of awe on the solid ground.
Tomorrow: Interesting roadside attractions that one would never expect to find on the way up the side of a volcano.