Ok kids, before we even get started… I know. I know I have been completely lax on updates and blogging and telling actual stories of my travels from over a month ago. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks here down under, but… we got our Internet sorted, our new apartment set up and Christmas is almost here. I’m good to go!
As you know, one of the major stops on my trip to the USA was Hawaii’s beautiful island of Oahu. I stopped there twice, on the way to the mainland and on the way back, but I gotta admit, the weather wasn’t as bright and shiny as I was hoping.
Granted, it is their winter, and winter there in Waikiki especially means that sun showers strike at any given minute. But that wasn’t what got me. It was the haze that often filled the sky — the haze which I thought was fog or smog. Heck I even thought it was the locals saying “fog” with a funny accent before I realized I was learning a new word altogether.
It was voggy in Oahu!
Isn’t that crazy?
Instead of the sun shining and blinding me every day, many of my days were filled with overcast skies to which the meteorologists on TV and radio attributed to vog.
Well if you are as clueless as I was, then let’s break it down: volcanic smog = vog.
The reason behind the vog on Oahu is the Kilauea volcano that has been erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii since the 80s. Uhm… shows how much I know about our 50th state, right? Had no idea about that one.
And this vog then blows over and affects other areas of the state, such as Oahu. Unfortunately, it can be a bit troublesome for individuals with respiratory issues and asthma — so be warned!
Having said that, however, when the sun did shine – it WAS bright and cheery and hot. Hawaii is a beautiful place, my friends, and summertime there is probably blissful, vog or no vog.
So did any of you know about this “vog”, or did I actually contribute to your learning in this post today?