Kilauea should be first on that list, right? I’m budgeting a little extra for when I get arrested for poking hot lava with a stick, and that’ll probably end the tour as they ship my happy okole back to the mainland. Or maybe not – looks like Poke A Stick Tours in Kanapala is still operating! But just in case, I’ve put it last on the list, so I can enjoy a little snorkling at Kauai’s Na Pali Coast and take a trimaran to Kealakekua Bay and sip Kona coffee in Kona before having to fess up to the kane why I had to cut the trip short. No worries – he already knows that my friend Debby and I were ready to trespass on federal land or seduce a park ranger (even a little old lady) to hike out to Bumpass Hell, if need be.
Fortunately, it wasn’t necessary. The trails opened the week we got there. Admittedly, I was a little relieved. Nothing against the park rangers, but deep down, I’m not really much of an outlaw. Did you know that “pyroclastic” rhymes with “fantastic”?