I was alone. It was quiet. The sun was low, but rising steadily, offering shadows to the earth as I watched from the rim of the volcano. I half expected R2D2 and C3PO to shuffle across the sand beside me. No droids, just silence, sand, rock and space.
I descended into Haleakala Crater inhaling the frigid morning air grateful for my layers of clothing and sturdy hiking boots. My camera shutter clicked with melodious rhythm as I hiked along.
Oops! I should look where I’m going. I tripped on a small rock and fell down, then rolled down, and stopped. I laughed out loud and the sound was mysteriously whisked away within the crater.
I was glad I had shoved Band Aids in my rucksack along with seven bottles of water. As the day progressed, the sun rose higher in the sky and I had to shed some clothes.
I stood peacefully for a moment marveling at the scenery before me. The sound of silence was interrupted by the gentle thumping of my heartbeat, a heartbeat that I was sharing with my sister, whom I was very close to, and who had died six months earlier.
I wanted to live more of my life because she could no longer live hers, and this trip was a way for me to keep doing that.
There were beautiful, small signs of life inside Haleakala as I hiked along. Silver Swords dotted the earth with shimmering brilliance.
I am not very religious, but whether one is a proponent of the big bang scientific theory, theology, or a combination of the two, enveloping myself inside Haleakala Crater was the place for me to explore these ideas.
Every breath and every step I took was sacred. The electric energy of the crater resonated inside me.
Even though I had to climb out on the switchback trail, the feeling of being in the great crater stayed with me.
Emerging 11.7 miles later, exhausted, energized and transformed, I realized it was the end of the hike, but the beginning of everything else.
The Psychology of life is electric, eclectic, and a new daily experience. This is what inspires me to absorb sights, sounds, and feelings. It helps me to laugh, cry, sing and dance.