Volcano Hale (Chalet Kilauea Collection)
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... pretty exilerating. Thank goodness for good seat belts and hand straps! We had the two back seats, and there were two young women from China in the two front seats. Although they could see out the windshield, the middle front seat beside the pilot wouldn't have been as good, as she wouldn't have had the full doors-off experience of looking right out below you, and feeling the flap-your-cheek-skin pressure of the air beating around you. Brie, that middle front seat ...
... about it. After at least 4 or 7 years of being a ranger there, he is still excited by seeing that eruption. He said it isn't just the smoke or steam coming from it but huge chunks of the cooled lava on the sides fall into the hot lava and create erupting fountains. That would be something to see if it happened, but we weren't there long enough because it was too cold for us and we hadn't brought warmer clothes.
We had an ...
... odd walking through natural steam vents; and they were warm! While there was a roadblock, we headed to the Volcano winery, situated near our cottage. It turned out they did wine tastings for $5 - Dev was a very good sport while I tried 7 different types of wine, and possibly got a little bit drunk! Dev tried a little bit here and there too ;-) After the road block went away, we headed up to the Jagger museum, where we had been the night before. Last night you could see the ...
... Park to view the King Kamehameha statue. It's all decked out in gold and bronze. Then we drove a few miles up the Hamakua coast, to take a 4 mile Scenic Drive, with stops to view some waterfalls and the ocean. We thought about visiting the garden that is on the drive, but it started to get rainy, and we needed to get Pam back to pick up her car from the repair ...
... after 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 bird of ...