I was a tourist the first time I visited the Big Island of Hawaii.
But the island’s active volcanoes brought me back over and over for extended stays. I’ve spent many weeks hiking, exploring, taking notes, and shooting photos on Kilauea Volcano. Everything about it fascinates me — the steam coming out of cracks in the ground, the glow of incandescent lava, the feel of black sand that was hot lava just hours earlier. I sat in on university geology classes, hovered over the volcano’s active vent in a helicopter, and felt my first earthquake.
For the story behind Volcano Wakes Up, see Cynthia Leitich Smith’s great blog.