Our Big Island Adventure: Part IV

After our long bike trip to view and explore the volcano, we were ready to see some green again! Exhausted and hungry, we checked into our home for the next three days: The Volcano House Lodge, located right in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Volcano House Lodge was constructed in 1846.  It was rebuilt in 1941, after it burnt to the ground.  It represents decades of visitations to this culturally sacred site known as Ka’auea, on the edge of the Kilauea Crater.  The nightly glow of bubbling and spattering lava was just incredible!

The Volcano House Lodge
A little bubbling action from the Kilauea Caldera.
Night view of the Kilauea Caldera

After a chilly night and some sleep, we were ready to hit the trails!  Out first stop would be exploring the Thurston Lava Tube.  This huge tunnel was left behind when a river of lava drained away.

Lava Tube Entrance
Wet, Dark, Damp and COLD!
We survived and were happy to be back out in the sun’s warmth!
Exiting the Thurston Lava Tube

We were happy to be back outside, surrounded by giant ferns and warmed by the sun’s rays!  It was time to begin our main hike for the day.  We would be hiking a portion of the 11.6 mile Crater Rim Trail, which was a combination of cool rain forests and warm desert.  From there we would join the Kilauea Trial and descent into Kilauea Iki and cross the lava crust which was formed by a cooling lava pond.  Our total hike would be just under 8 miles. Always remember to take plenty of water and snacks when going on long hikes!

A view of Crater Rim Trail
A day view of Kilauea Caldera
We had a beautiful breeze along the rim, but knew that things were about to heat up again!
Wifey captured one of my most favorite views and moments of this hike. ..the bottom of the lava pond!  It is difficult for me to find words, even now.
The POWER of Mother Earth!
Our long HOT trail…
As we crossed the lava pond, our barren rocky terrain began to change!  Vegetation!



Looking back on our progress…
Quality hiking shoes are a must! Your feet will thank you!

As our day came to a close, it was time to head back to the Volcano House and EAT!  We so enjoyed ending our days here, watching the night view of the Kilauea Caldera. It was just magical!

You won’t want to miss Monday’s post: Our Big Island Adventure Part V!  We will be exploring steam vents, devastation trail, ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs and a sea arch!

“The best view comes after the hardest climb!” ~Author Unknown

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


11 thoughts on “Our Big Island Adventure: Part IV

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