So, Steve very much wanted to see a volcano and on the second full day in Hawaii, we loaded up and headed to see a volcano. Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaii’s Volcano National Park that is – they really mean volcano on this road sign!
First, we stopped to see lava fields.
It was a long-ish drive so there was some knitting going on.
The diversity of this island is amazing. From stark rocky lava fields to lush greenery like a rain forest.
After a stop at the visitor’s station, we headed to the steam vents.
They really are big holes in the ground with steam flowing out.
You just have to wonder what people thought of these before we knew about the volcano and all that. Just walking along, big hole in the ground spouting steam. What the heck?
In fact, the whole hillside was steaming.
The plants along the ridge above the volcano’s crater were amazing. Like this one – some kind of fern with slowly uncurling leaves.
This weird curling thing growing straight up out of the ground!
Orchids growing in the wild!
And plenty of New Zealand Christmas Trees – we have these in Santa Barbara.
In the background, we could see the smoke from the eruption.
We continued to walk the path along the ridge, working to get closer to the crater and the smoke was heavier and heavier.
Eventually, we reach the end of the trail and are still a long way off. So we backtrack to the car, hop in, and travel onward to the lookout point where we got to stand on the big rock wall and see the leaping lava!
Yah, that’s way zoomed in but you gotta do what you gotta do to get the photo. Next, we headed to see the Lava Tube.
It was a short walk through dense tropical forest.
And finally a black cave-tunnel in the ground.
As you enter, the walls by the bridge are covered in plants.
On the way out of the park we stopped to look at the odd juxtaposition of plants braving it growing through the lava rocks. Kinda a metaphor for life there – grow where you’re planted and all that.
And pockets where lava cooled and bubbled through.
Up next roosters and waterfalls …