I’ve heard people describe places as unlike any environment they’d ever experienced or as a place so unlike what they’ve known that it seems alien.
To be honest, I often wondered if those people lacked a better vocabulary. How hard could it be to describe somewhere? How different could a place be that it felt like you weren’t on Earth anymore?
While I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say Volcanoes National Park didn’t feel like Earth, my visit there proved that some places can seem alien and can open your eyes to a whole new way of thinking about the places we live and visit.
The park was truly unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Not just in sights but in sounds and in the feelings the landscape evoked.