As the President and the First Lady of the United States flew to Hawaii for their Christmas vacation, Eric and Michele Huppert of Team Oil Inc. and the Spring Valley School District, respectively, flew to the Big Island of Hawaii to hike over 30 miles for five days on hot moving lava flows. At one point, Huppert's leg broke through the hard cap of the hardened lava. After dropping two feet and tearing big gashes in his leg on the first hike from the lava's sharp edges, play time was over. Because the best view is during the night, much of the time all they had to go by were flashlights and GPS. At one point, Huppert's shoe touched some red lava and immediately burst into flames. Meantime, Michele Huppert teaches different sciences at Spring Valley Middle-High School. While examining the lava with a stick, she was able to roll some on the stick, let it harden and mail it back for her students to see first-hand the wonders of nature. The trip, research and iodine for Huppert's leg were entirely worth it, according to the couple.
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