Once again, we were up with the chickens and ready for a long day of exploration! We started our day’s adventure exploring steam vents. I have to admit, it was a bit of an odd feeling watching steam pour out of Mother Earth’s cracks and crevasses. And by the way, that steam gave off some heat!
After we were finished with Nature’s steam treatment, we decided to continue on our journey to a less moist location…Mauna Ula. I like to call this area “Land of Devastation”, for it was part of the lava flow of 1974.
The one thing we noticed about this part of the Big Island, was the lack of animals of any sort. Other than the persevering flora, the land felt lifeless. At one point, I wondered if this was what it would feel like to visit the moon?
It was time to continue our journey down the Chain of Craters Road. It was a winding, downward journey, leaving my stomach a bit unsettled! Our next stop would be exploring the ancient Hawaiian Petroglyphs and then off to our final destination to view the Sea Arch on the Pacific Ocean.
Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs were beyond my expectations! We hiked approximately 1 mile through an old coastal shrubland to reach the sacred field of ancient art. There were over 23,000 petroglyph images etched on the large lava surfaces. The majority of these images depicted human forms, but moon, canoes, ships, insects, fish and spears were also present. Many different geometric designs were also common.
After our tricky 1 mile hike back to the trail head, we were ready to continue downhill to our final destination of the day…the Sea Arch.
Our day was coming to a close and our stomachs and feet were telling us it was time to traverse that winding road, back to our lodge, for a night of restful sleep.
Don’t miss the next segment of Our Big Island Adventure, where we depart from the Volcanoes National Park and make way around the southern tip of the Big Island, to the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, where we visit one of my most favorite creature on earth!!
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