Travel Blogs from Pahoa
... eruption, we got back in the car and headed for the Jaggar Museum.
On our way to the museum, we stopped at the Steam Vents. Josie wanted to get out and feel the steam. It didn’t smell like sulphur, but it was really warm. Lots of condensation, like getting pressed at the dry cleaners. On to the Jaggar Museum.
From the museum’s viewing area you had a better look at the volcano, but we still couldn’t see ...
... and their eruption are measured. From here, we had a fantastic view of the crater, and then drove around part of the crater, to some steam vents. The plan was to drive around the whole of the crater, but the sulphur levels are too high at the moment, so most of the crater rim drive was closed.
Then we drove to Thurston Lava Tube, which is an enormous tunnel, created by lava flow. There are several on the island, but this is the biggest, and easily accessible. ...
We got up before dawn to drive to the Kona airport on Hawaii for a helicopter (!) ride to Hilo and Volcano National Park. After the first fifteen minutes of not being able to breathe, I was fine. David was fine from the start, having actually been on a helicopter before. It was amazing to see the beautiful and varied landscape and other things like the observation towers and telescopes at the top of Mauna Kea and the path of a lava tube. Near the shore we saw red hot lava spilling ...
... departure from Hilo. Unbeknownst to the passengers (we
found out later at the morning talk) two of the crew were debarking
due to compassionate leave and unfortunately one of the officers
forgot to give the two crew members their papers (I'm presuming their
passports and other documents) so we had to turn around and head back
into Hilo port to drop these off. OOPS!! captain wasn't amused but
felt under the circumstances he couldn't leave them without their