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... with Taro crisps, which were tasteless. We did have a bowl of chips as well, once we had tasted them though. Now it was dark and we could head back to the overlook by the Jagger Museum and see the glow from the volcano which can be spectacular at night - apparently. We got soaked and saw absolutely nothing. I have seen bigger glows on my father's cigarette end. All in all a very disappointing end to a very enjoyable ...
... telescopes were set up and we got amazing views of the Moon (in super zoomed close-up - I'm sure I spotted a moon buggy), Jupiter and two of its moons (I'm not sure which two, but with my amateur eye I'm guessing Ganymede and Europa...) and Venus which was only partially lit that night.
Then disaster struck.... no they didn't run out of tea, that would have been catastrophic!
No, clouds ...
... pedestrian crossing in the car park that we'd stumbled upon on leaving the lava tube trail - we'd been so close, but yet so far.
We drove to the edge of the park, as far as we could go - the rest was blocked off due to current lava flow into the sea. Here we stopped to view a sea arch, which the signs informed us should not be walked over, as the top was close to collapsing ...
... It's a lovely town that has been through a lot - lashed by tsunamis, threatened by lava flows, and racked by a changing economy. They've withstood it all, so it has a charm that shows through some of it's older, worn buildings. What has struck me most about this side of the island compared to the Kona side is that this is real Hawaii, where the real locals live their everyday lives in their everyday houses ... not the touristy, vacation rental, resort world of the Kona ...
... go up and active volcano. It was on the opposite southern side of the island so we made a full day of it leaving around 9am and not getting back until nearly midnight. You need to be up there at dusk to see the lava flow so we headed north and looped right around taking out time, checking out botanic gardens and Hilo town on the way.
Once you get over to the western side the green, lush nature of Hawaii returns in all it's splendour. In fact the ...