On top of a volcano

A couple of weeks ago I was on top of a volcano, looking at things from a different perspective.

Haleakala Crater

It was absolutely amazing to be about 10,000 feet up, watching one of my favourite weather events (a thunderstorm) happening beneath where I was standing. The clouds moved so quickly, swirling about and letting out the most fantastic noise as it cracked and let out the flashes of lightening.

This was my first overseas trip, and the highlight happened on day one.

Not that I am saying it was all downhill from there (well technically it was, given the elevation – but that is a different issue). We spent just under two weeks cruising around the Hawaiian Islands, stopping some places for a couple of days, others just the daylight hours. But it was so relaxing to have the ship move us about and not having to worry about motels, or getting between the islands or the other things that you need to worry about (like what is for dinner). The Pride of America was a lovely ship, and I think we will do other cruises in the future.

In so many ways it was strange being in Hawaii. For the first couple of days there seemed to be a lot of sugar cane and humidity (just quietly, the humidity didn’t really stop), so in oh so many ways it was just like traveling 10 hours in a plane to a different country to visit Townsville or Mackay (in North Queensland), places I have visited and lived for quite some time, and was really pleased to leave… I get all wilty in the heat.

But back to the different perspective. It was on the volcano that I decided I needed to change something in my life.

I have always been skeptical of people who come back from holidays and describe the life changing experiences that they have had. That they went off and “found themselves” in Bali or India or Italy (I wasn’t a fan of Eat, Prey, Love – the book or the movie). But there I was on the top of the volcano looking at the world and I made a bit of a decision.

I wanted to quilt more, and write about it more often. But I also wanted to run something of an experiment with myself… could I do it consistently? Well here we are in the first week of the new site and I have my second post up… go me.

So on the top of the volcano I decided to change some things, to refocus what it is that I do and write about. And I also started thinking about going back to teaching again.

But I think that one is going to take a bit more thought.

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