It’s so surreal to see an active fissure. From a nature standpoint it’s very interesting but it’s tough knowing how it’s impacting people who live in the area.
It’s easy to lose the scale of these valleys since everything is just so massive. 4,000 foot cliffs may not seem that tall because it’s hard to find perspective. But when you see a tree that’s probably 20 feet tall and it looks like a little shrub, you soon start to see how this place is larger than life.
One of the best things about hiking is being able to visit the same place over and over but still have a unique experience. There’s always something different. The clouds, the sun, the wind, the sounds, the people. On this day we got lucky and saw a rainbow for almost the whole time we were out there.
It’s pretty rare to catch this view on a clear day. I’ve only seen a wall of clouds the previous times I’ve hiked it. It was special to be able take it in.