-Donald Williams, Astronaut, USA
I have been intrigued lately by two young Canadian men, hitchhiking across America in an effort to visit 50 state capitals in 50 days. My brother Jason is involved in tracking their progress, so I look at the Hitch50.com website a few times a day. Then there's Google Earth, which has taken me around the world in less than 10 seconds! I can zoom in on the Piazza San Marco in Venice and a few seconds later I'm hovering over the Grand Canyon. There are no borders, no fences or walls to keep me out of private property. The world is friendly from up high.
The Hawaiian Islands are intact as far as the GPS satellites are concerned. Zooming in won't even get you inside a building to see the cracked walls and shattered mementos. Our world looks like it did two weeks ago, from up high and I am grateful for the ability to choose my points of view. I love this island, in every way I look at it.