On yesterday's Haleakala hike, I felt out of sorts. I was lacking my usual vim and vigor even after my multi-gallon caffeine fix. Sore throat, itchy eyes and other "Oh! Crap! I'm catching a freaking cold" like symptoms.
At the midway point of my ramble, I took a lunch break and chatted up with a couple of locals. I made mention of my maladies in conversation.
Here's what one said.
"Dude! You got VOG."
"What? I stay away from dirty toilet seats and sick people. What is it anyway?"
"You get it from breathing bad air after a volcanic eruption. The Big Island has been active and it drifts over here eventually."
So when I returned to Wifi Land I Googled it.
Straight from Wikipedia. (This is why I donate to them).
Vog contains chemicals that can damage the environment, and the health of plants, humans and other animals. Most of the aerosols are acidic and of a size where they can remain in the lungs to damage the lungs and impair function. Headaches, watery eyes, sore throat, breathing difficulties (including inducing asthma attacks), flu-like symptoms, and general lethargy are commonly reported.
So...This is what I say. Please Pele the Goddess of Fire, take a break. I need a dose of clean air.
Here's to a VOG free day for all,