Our Big Island Adventure: Part III

After exploring the haunted MacKenzie State Park, we were extremely content to continue on our way down Kaimu-Kapoho Rd.   We were very excited to head South, for we knew what was waiting for us at the end of this winding stretch of road…an active volcano! Before long, the road ended, due to past lava flows, in the small town of Kaimu.  This town was completely destroyed and buried, by an eruptive flow of lava, in 1990. It is known for its black sand beach, which has been restored since the flow.  Locals and visitors continue to bring sprouted coconuts to restore the lost trees.

From this point, we took the fork in the road, which led us to a large parking lot filled with bike rentals.  We were at the East entrance of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park …our adventure was about to become a bit heated, to say the least!

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Our lush green view quickly turned to shiny, black rock for miles!
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We rented our bikes and were already a sweaty mess. The reflection off the black, shiny earth radiated some serious heat!  It was 90+ degrees  without a shade tree in view!
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Due to the heat and terrain, we often just stopped to take in the beautiful view.
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We had a 4 mile uphill ride to the viewing area and then a 4 mile ride back.  The wind was in our favor on the way there, which we appreciated!
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This was our view for 4 miles!  Did I mention it was HOT!
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Steam was coming from vents in the mountain…we were close!
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We were at the end of the road.  It was time to leave our bikes and begin our HOT hike!
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses about a quarter of a million acres, including the 13,677 foot summit of Mauna Loa, 150 miles of hiking trails and vast areas of wilderness.  Rare flora and fauna are abundant in this area.  The current eruption started in 1983.  Many areas are restricted due to lava flow, sulfur dioxide gas and many other hazards.  As always, be safe when exploring and respect the rules.  They are there for a reason! Our first hike was to view the opening of an underground lava tube…

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This hike was unlike no other!
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There is always a way…
 

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Let’s talk about some serious heat!  This glow is from the lava flowing underground.  It will eventually exit into the Pacific Ocean.
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I was amazed at how close we were to flowing lava!  Wifey followed the park rules and stayed on the right side of the rope!

I fell in love with the many cooled lava formations!  It was Mother Nature’s artistic side showing for sure!

We made our way back to our bikes and spent some time taking in the surrounding beauty and drinking a large volume of water!  It was time to hike a bit and find our perfect viewing rock…

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Hot lava pouring into the ocean
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The lava continues to harden and create acres of new land.
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Billowing clouds continue to form and change, due to HOT lava creating steam when entering the cold ocean.  It is difficult to put into words the breathtaking beauty of this experience.
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We had a long, HOT and windy ride back…  It was worth every moment!

I can’t think of a better way to end than with a little advice from a volcano…

Be Active!

Let off Steam!

Go With the Flow!

Have a Blast!

Check back tomorrow for Part IV of Our Big Island Adventure! You won’t want to miss exploring a lava tube, lava lake and bubbling lava caldera!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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15 thoughts on “Our Big Island Adventure: Part III

  1. Beautiful shots!! You’re lucky to experience something like that, id love to experience this part of Mother Natures beauty. I’m glad I got the chance to see these pictures! Thanks for posting. Great advice from the volcano✨☺️

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  2. Thank you very much for taking the time to blog about your big island adventures. I have wanted to see a Banyan tree ever since I learned of them some years back. You captured a wonderful image….no…you have captured MANY spectacular images of everything! What a wonderful time you all had. I am elated for you! (I still think Isle Royale ranks #1 {grins})

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  3. You guys are amazing! I think seeing that steam from the lava when it entered the sea would have had me heading for home for sure. I enjoy sharing the adventure with you through your pictures. I really enjoy them. Thanks for sharing.

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