|CRUISING THROUGH THE PANAMA CANAL|
Had John and I been able to carry out our travel plans for a cruise through the Panama Canal from Honolulu to Miami we would have been in the Panama Canal when his health rapidly deteriorated and he was admitted to hospital for diagnosis. At Waikato Hospital we discovered he had end stage liver cancer. John lived another 10 days, We were glad to be able to take him home to our daughter's house where he received expert nursing care and we were surrounded by family and friends. I can't imagine how awful it would have been if we'd been determined to continue with our plans. When we cancelled our reservations we were hoping to go next year.
Amazing too is the continuing volcanic activity on Hawaii Island, better known as Big Island. We had booked to stay at the Airbnb of friends Pamela and Craig in Leilani Estates after the cruise. We'd planned an Amtrak tour for what we expected to be our final trip on the USA mainland. We'd planned to spend a couple of weeks in Hawaii before coming home. We'd have landed right in the middle of the current eruption which began on April 30th. One month later on May 29th lava splatter from fissure 8 was landing on their section. Pamela and Craig, wearing breathing masks, moved the last of their possessions out of their home and gave it away to friends. We stayed with them five years ago for our Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. Pamela and Craig along with New Zealanders Margaret and Richard took us out for a celebration dinner.
|OUR ARRIVAL AT HONOLULU MARCH 15TH 2013|
Today Mick Kalber of Paradise Helicopters put this video on line of Fissure 8. The lave flows at around 24 metres per hour along a channel, which is about 13 kilometres or 8 miles long and one km or half a milewide, to the ocean where it has formed a delta and continues to increase the land area. So far 637 homes have been destroyed and an estimated 6,144 acres of land covered by this lava flow. I took this information from a Big Island news site.
LAVA FLOW ON HAWAII BIG ISLAND