The Halemaumau Crater:
The trail ended overlooking Kilauea Iki crater... In 1959, it spewed a fountain of lava in the air 1900 feet for 36 days straight!
You can see a few people walking down there.
The next day, we hiked down into it.
Kilauea Iki Crater: Natalie not so sure about this place.Much better! :)Taking a "Where in the World is Motor Trend" pic. Maybe he'll make the magazine!We got so many looks and smiles because of the kids. :)
Thurston Lava Tube: Such a pretty place.
Natalie and Blake chatting through our picture. :)There are tons of tubes underground that the lava would flow through--this one was made into a tunnel that you can actually walk through to the other side.
Back at home for a quick PB&J lunch. :)
The volcano is currently erupting from a place outside of the park and only visible by air. We were disappointed not to get to see it but we took an incredible drive down the mountain to see all the hardened lava from over the years. It was amazing! The lava would just destroy everything in it's path and then it over time, it hardens, forms new land and then eventually new vegetation starts to grow.
"Pahoehoe"-- made from fast moving lava that curls as it flows
"Aa" lava-- caused by lava that moves slowly, pulling apart as it flows. You can see how much there is. This whole part of the island is still covered in it!
You can see both kinds here-- we're slanted because it was on top of our car. :)
The edge of the island. The lava flows into the water and when it gets to0 heavy, it breaks off causing steep cliffs. The acreage for the island is constantly changing!
Black sand beach. Not too appealing, huh?
Beautiful Waterfalls: Rainbow Falls... can you see it? Boiling Pots Waterfalls
Taking over our roles: driver and navigator :)
So pretty! We are so blessed to live in such a paradise!
Hiking down to Akaka Falls through a rainforest.
It's a 442 foot drop!!
Other Misc. Pictures:
Our cabin actually had electric heat and a fireplace! It was cold because we were at 4000 feet. We saw this sign for free firewood one night and so Brian loaded up the trunk. We later found out why it was free... it was terrible wood and would not burn at all! He tried so hard but we just ended up with lots of smoke. We were disappointed to say the least. :)One night we drove up the Kona coast looking for a good restaurant for dinner. There were only small little towns along the way and it was getting later and later with no prospects. We got turned away at one place because they were full, at another because we didn't have reservations.... and look where we ended up! McDonalds! We were starving so it never tasted so good! :) Blake in a mountain of pillows.
Snow capped Mauna Kea. So amazing to see snow in Hawaii!!
Our cute little cabin. Time to go back home to our island.