Pahala Plantation Cottages
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... helped me set up my new Nexus tablet with the camera to take some night shots of the caldera. Fun!
From sea level and lush rainforest to seeing a live volcano at 4,000 feet set against a dark sky. Wow.
... to purchase a whole Greek pizza at the fair, so we all waited for that to be made and baked, then walked back to the house for lunch. Very tasty pizza, so fresh.
After lunch, we decided to visit the Volcanoes National Park. Our first stop was the Visitor’s Center. Josie already had her Junior Ranger book, so we just took a quick look around, determining where we could see the lava flows. There were two areas for viewing, so ...
... It was 6.5 miles before we arrived to what we came for. The only signs of life were the beacons set on the highest lava minds to guide hikers back after dark.
We approached a cliff that overlooked a treacherous black sand beach where the lava was entering the ocean, and the source of steam was billowing out. The wind was blowing the steam and sulfur dioxide westerly directly at us, so we could not see the lava yet. The black ...
... of the volcano, at 800 metres, drops of a cliff to the lava fields at almost sea level. It was truly spectacular. We travelled back from there, viewing Kilauea iki crater and Pauahi crater and walking through the Thurston larva tube. We headed back to the restaurant for tea (again simple but cheap) and chatted with our fellow tour group members - one of whom had been in New York when 'Sandy' had hit the city. With ...
... time to enjoy sitting on the beach (what we would soon discover to be a recurring theme for us in Hawai'i), we did appreciate the main attraction of observing a few green sea turtles resting and "sunbathing" on the beach. This behavior is unique to Hawai'i's population as sea turtles typically only leave the ocean to nest.
The rest of the day was slow going and each 1000 feet of elevation that we tracked felt like both victory and defeat. Even though it was ...