Lately we have both been having really awful problems with allergies. At first we could not figure out where this was coming from. Then, more and more people mentioned how terrible the vog has been lately. Vog is air pollution caused by volcanic emissions. The word is a mixture of the words volcano and smog. Apparently when the wind is just right, vog blows over from the Big Island. I can't imagine how bad it would be to actually live there and deal with this stuff all the time. This is just one more reason why I am so happy that we ended up on Kauai. Although, it would be pretty cool to see lava!
For more information about vog, go to this link: http://www.konaweb.com/vog/index.shtml