3 months ago
Phlegmtastic Voyage - Phlegm created this image. @bruceomori and @tomkualii had taken @ryandyar and I out for a few days of amazing volcano shooting. We were typically up around 2am and played all day until well past sunset out at the ocean entry. On this particular evening, we shot sunset but weren’t ready to throw in the towel. A Stargazer check showed that at 3-4am, many of the planetary elements would be aligning around the plume at Halema’uma’u Crater. So in the wee hours of the morning we trucked up to the park, and perched on the overlook to see how things were looking.
Bleak, was the answer. A cloud deck had rolled over the entire summit and blanketed the caldera revealing... nothing. No sky, or even plume. We quickly retreated back to the truck to ward off the surprising cold, and figured we might as well just hang until sunrise in hopes the color might show up. The only thing left to do was sleep.
At this point I had been sick for a month. A nasty sinus infection had set up shop in my head, and was just waiting for me to get tired enough to stage a reunion tour. My trip to Hawaii with just a couple of hours of sleep a night was Lollapalooza to my annoyed mucus membranes. I drifted a bit, but a short time later I snapped awake choking on my own snot. I couldn’t breathe at all, which got my attention, so I flopped out of the truck to cough up a fur ball without waking the Boyz. When I composed myself I looked up and saw.... STARS. Trillions of them. Crystal clear skies. “LET’S ROLL” I hollered, and off we went to shoot the galaxy. If I hadn’t choked on my own snot, we would have slept through the show. Some of the best times of my life have been running around on zero sleep with these particular people in this particular place.