Kilauea Volcano Cottages
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... name all while meandering on this pretty little pathway. You can see from the photos; this area is so beautiful it looks fake. The path was covered in red leaves that had fallen from the trees but everything around it stayed green and lush.
We also were able to take a look at a few tree molds; these were pretty awesome. When you walk up to the mold, it looks like a ground-well. About a foot of "Concrete" sticks out of the ground in a circle. When you get closer ...
... let some weather pass by, so we waited in here and watched the film, excited to soon see landscapes and lava like this!
When it was almost time for our flight, a guy came in with a 3d map and showed us where we would be flying. He also gave a brief required safety talk, then escorted us out onto the runway. While we were getting our life-vest pouch and headsets on, our pilot, Joyce, came and landed the helicopter behind us, blades ...
... run quickly right back into the car for safety. BRRRRRRRRR!!!!! The clouds flew by at an alarming speed......sometimes we were literally in the clouds and then other times the clouds would part with just enough time to get a photograph. Here we were above the cloud line and unable to see the ground at the bottom of the mountain. The wind would shake our 4x4 as we were huddled up inside trying to keep warm! It was unbelievable being in a tropical paradise one moment and then in ...
... about the history of the Green Sand Beach: Papakolea Beach
We walked back and got to the car. This was it... the last bit of sight seeing in Hawaii. We drove back to Kona and stopped at a MacDonald's to get some dinner. The freshened up in the restrooms, changed clothes, washed up a bit.
At least we would be a little bit clean when we board the plane.
We had dinner and drove to the airport for the last time.
A nice morning with sunshine. We packed our suitcases to move to a different location on Hawaii Island. We had a simple breakfast of yogurt, fresh fruit an, orange juice, tea and coffee.
We drove to the supermarket to get some lunch... we ended up buying 2 muffins... not much of a lunch, but very tasty :-)
Before we would actually drive down to Volcano, we wanted to do a trail first, The Kaloko - Honokohau National Historical Park Loop.