Lava erupts from the earth right before my eyes! The smoke that you see is no campfire, no beach bonfire, no manmade occurrence. The Hawaiian Islands evolved from volcanoes after all and this is how earth is made. To arrive at this spot, I bike four miles across black lava rock on a dirt rode until finally ditching my bike and climbing across the dark ground to a safe vantage point. The sky changed color as the sun set, yet not nearly as bright as the sparks of natural fireworks that spewed through the smoke and lit up the water. Boards dared to inch close, and lava erupted into crashing waves, threatening all bystanders. Staying here until well after dark, we saw the stars come out while the light show at the ocean’s edge continued. Knowing that this rare phenomenon might not be something I ever see again, hours passed from this spot. On the four mile bike ride back under the stars, I sped up though I could only see a few feet in front of me. With the stars, and the open path, and the new experience washing over me, I just peddled into the unknown, ready for adventure.