Lava Lodge at Volcano Village
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... and not to brag or anything, but yes, we have our very own kitchen gecko. I'm thinking of bringing him home with us. He pops up on the back splash, or in the closet, or beside the garbage, and startles the bejeezus out of Roger (his girly scream probably startles the poor little gecko, too). Hawaiians welcome the little fellas in the house, and put up with the little poops you find here and there, because they eat pretty much any bug they can fit in their mouths. ...
... two major kinds of lava here. It was quite extraordinary to drive though the landscape. I still don't really know why there are solid strips of lava and then other strips of lava with vegetation - whether the lava didn't kill it - hard to believe - or it grew on top of the lava - also hard to believe but more conceivable. Maybe the lava flow was thicker in some areas? There was a kind of cliff that crossed the volcano side about halfway ...
... later after we get back from the viewing.
Wow, the colours were beautiful of the glow of the lava lake in Kilauea Cauldron. There was steam, smoke and gasses which also were moving but you probably do not get this effect when looking at the still shot.
Again, another amazing and interesting day.
... fruit trees, but the labels have been worn away by rain and sun. So, they are still figuring out what trees are on the property. The dogs loved running along the trails with us. Pam pointed out some of the things she has planted. Often, it is a cutting that she sticks in the ground, then Hawaii does the rest. In the afternoon, Donna meditated and took a long nap while David did some work for ...
... a few hours) to head back up. The climb wasn't as difficult as we expected, especially since there were numerous seats to sit at on the way up, and flowers and plants we had somehow missed on our way down.
We even spent a little bit in the gift shop at the top. They had some cool hand-crafted tiles and would look fantastic in a kitchen. We ended up getting an ornament for the Christmas tree, because hey, what says holidays more than a ...