Once upon a time, years and years ago, Sharon and I decided that when got married in 2002, we would honeymoon in Hawaii. We were going to take a cruise around all of the Hawaiian islands and had even booked and arranged all the plans for the trip, including flights. Then the unimaginable happened on the morning of September 11, 2001. We watched the horrific events happen on TV on the morning we were set to finalize the details of our wedding with our Disney wedding planner.
During the aftermath of the attacks, with the decreased amount of travel, the cruise line we had booked our honeymoon with went bankrupt and stopped all operations. We already had set plans to visit Hawaii with our flights so we decided to make the best of it and planned a whole new trip with about 2 months notice. We focused on two islands, Maui (where we were landing from our flight) and Hawaii (the Big Island). Now, the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island had been erupting on a continuous basis for over 30 years, since 1983 (it still is). Sharon loves volcanoes so spending some time near Volcanoes National Park seemed to be the best plan. With the limited internet available in 2001, I found 2 nights at a bed and breakfast in the nearby Volcano Village, HI and we hoped for the best.