Walking Across a Volcano

by brian on October 27, 2008

Went to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In all my guide Earl and I covered 192 miles by car in 10 hours on the Big Island yesterday.

We started at the Jaggar Musuem, which overlooks the active Kilauea Volcano (kil-a-way-ya). Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world.

 Walking Across a Volcano

Vent from the active volcanoes in the area. Fenced off so newbies like me don’t fall in.

 Walking Across a Volcano

This is Kilauea Iki, an offshoot of the main Kilauea Volcano that you walk across. The black stuff? Solid lava!

 Walking Across a Volcano

 Walking Across a VolcanoThe view from on top/inside Kilauea Iki. Like a barren wasteland from a sci-fi movie. The 4 mile trail takes 2-3 hours to cover. It is not a straight walking path. Rocky, curvy and definetely not for folks in bad physical condition – bad knees, bad back, bad heart, bad anything.

 Walking Across a Volcano

King of the Volcano!

 Walking Across a Volcano

Lava tubes are tunnels that carried lava thru the ground to an entry point on the surface.

 Walking Across a Volcano
 Walking Across a Volcano

This is the Hawaiian shoreline where the Kilauea lava flows dumped into the Pacific Ocean. All of the land you see before the blue Pacific was formed by lava being cooled by the Pacific. Actually ALL of Hawaii was formed by lava coming to the surface, cooling in water and building layer after layer over thousands of years.

 Walking Across a Volcano
 Walking Across a Volcano

The Holei Sea Arch. Naturally formed when lava flows fell into the Pacific.
 Walking Across a VolcanoNew land formed by recent lava flows. The waves hitting the coast sound like rolling thunder.

 Walking Across a VolcanoEarth cracks are the deep holes and trenches formed by the lava cooling. Good for falling or twisting an ankle if you’re not careful.

 Walking Across a Volcano

The intricate patterns formed by cooled lava.

 Walking Across a Volcano

 Walking Across a VolcanoDo you know where these flowers are growing? In the middle of solid lava. Lava is dense in nutrients and porous enough that plants can start to take root. You’re not going to see food crops in it, but life does grow in lava.

 Walking Across a Volcano
I am trying to cut together some video for the blog and Youtube. Working on that next…

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