23 April 2013
A Destination of Balance My life was a thrilling roller coaster ride of extreme highs and plummeting lows. The lows were so deep that I wished God would have reached down and taken me home. The highs I experienced were out of control; I was going Mach three on the fast track to being burnt out. Over the last two years I have learned that it is necessary to have balance my life. I decided to reward myself for achieving and maintaining this balance with a vacation to Hawaii. While there I enjoyed the beach, visited a volcano, explored a tropical rain forest, and slept outdoors. Immediately upon arrival I headed to the beach and buried my feet in the gleaming hot white sand. I stood on the edge of this breathtaking tropical island and saw water so blue, that it more resembled liquid sapphire. The ocean's salt stained breeze kissed my skin only enough to askew my hair and soften the mandarin orange suns heat. The ocean was like a cool rejuvenating enveloping blanket. Staggered black jetties stretched like fingers into the deep blue water offering the gulls something to bask in the sun on. After enjoying the beach, I went to witness one of grand volcanoes. The base was worn craggy rock ascending to a charred hollowed out tip. As I watched, billows of white steam rose from deep within the ragged behemoth and were carried away on a ceaseless wind that mimicked an old locomotive. In the water, pillow lava crawled away slowly, angrily hissing and shooting yellow smoke into air and water. Exhaust from the lava invaded my nostrils with the pungent scent of boiled eggs infused with a tinge of earthy minerals. Such contrasting beauty of the impossible blue water, vibrant vegetation of deep to pale green, and a horizon that had hues of every imaginable color, surrounded the sterile landscape of the volcano. Next was the canopy-topped rain forest that was speckled with a multitude of colors.