Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hawai'i Vacation- Day 4 Volcanoes National Park

The forth day I rented a car and headed over to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.  There was so much to do there.  I thought this might be a morning ordeal, I was blown away.  Here is a map 1 (map 2) of the park to give you and idea about how big this park is and how large the craters are.  I spend the day driving from one end of the park to next taking in all there was to see.  

The first place I stopped was at the steam vents ( a description you will see a few picture down.)
steam vents
 This is Halema'uma'u Crater.  It is always giving off lots of steam.  There is even a webcam.  Can't see it good from this picture but this crater has another crater inside of it.  It used to be a big lava lake until 1942 it erupted and emptied out. It is crazy big.

 The picture below is a lava tube.  Pretty strange that at one time there was hot lava traveling through here.
 This is a smaller crater Kīlauea Iki (below).  You can't see it but there are people down there walking along a trail.

This used to be a tree that is now covered in lava.

Found this on a hike.

The darker areas are the most recent lava flows

Went into the road

My rental car

Holei Sea Arch

Self Portrait

 Took a little hike to some petroglyphs.

Halema'uma'u Crater at night, you can see it glowing.  

In the end, this day was just so cool.  I would have loved to go a few more hike had time allowed.

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