Travel Blogs from Hilo
... to ‘The End of the Road”, yes that’s actually what it’s called on the signpost, in our attempts to see lava flow but it’s blocked off and guarded.
Standing on the old lava flow is pretty cool though, well, actually it’s pretty hot. Black rock and hot sunshine make for a baking experience.
There is a new town springing up on top of the lava bed, right in the middle of this barren, black wasteland.
The old township ...
... to show how much lava actually does move about to create this very unique island.
Next we headed over to the volcano itself to see it close up and have a quick look in the museum. Although we had to stay quite a distance back, it was still amazing to see an actual active volcano. There isn't really much to see as it's just a huge crater with smoke billowing out of it, but it just felt strange knowing what was actually going on inside the crater and that it's got ...
... able to walk on any black sand and the water was much to hazardous for any swimming. We just stopped here for a quick stop and a few pictures and we were glad we did..
We drove a short way into Hakalau Bay area but the river was flowing over the road. We decided this was not worth the risk of continuing the drive (it only went another short distance) so got back on hwy 19.
We got back on Hwy 19 and saw a few ...
... knew we would be this cold in Hawaii? Twice!
We then started our tour of the telescopes. We toured the One of the two 10 meter Keck telescopes which were the first telescopes to use a segmented mirror design. Instead of constructing a single large mirror, this design has a mirror made up of 36 hexagonal mirror segments each having several smaller mirror segments each controlled by an individual actuator. The tour ...
... things from Wal-Mart and now we are ready to get some rest for tomorrows hike to Volcano National Park. I was told that the volcano just had activity yesterday so that it's the perfect time to go! Wish us luck!
Final thoughts: Happy Birthday to my Daddy! I adore him and he has been so supportive my whole life but in particular of this trip so i'm very appreciative to him. Also, I'm just feeling very blessed to have this opportunity.
Dare to Dream,