Yup, you read that correctly!  The family and I had one of the most epic excursions we’ve ever had on a vacation.  This morning we loaded up onto a boat and headed out for a 90+ minute ocean ride to White Island to hike in an active volcano.  Don’t worry, there was no lava, just a lot of steam and sulfur.

The boat ride there and back was pretty sweet as we were able to see a couple of Dominic’s favorite animals (seals) and dozens of Gavin’s favorite marine mammal (dolphins).  Throw in some amazing views and it was very cool.

Once at the volcano it continued to get better and better.  I really don’t even know what to say, the pictures really speak for themselves.  It was nothing short of epic, heat everywhere, steam and sulfur all around, and then entire hike we were right in the crater!  How crazy is that???

As we were heading back I couldn’t help but smile.  I was thinking about how awesome the excursion was and how much I’ve already burned it into my brain.   My mind floated to thinking about how Becky and I will remember this experience for the rest of our lives and will talk about it often with each other.  Then I smiled even bigger thinking about how the boys were able to have this unique experience.  Who knows, maybe this ignites a passion for them, maybe it’s future inspiration, or maybe it helps them start dreaming of cool vacations with their kids when they get older.  I’m so thankful for this experience.


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