Our Big Island Adventure: Part V

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!

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Steam Vents
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Steam flowing from an open hole in the earth.
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A panoramic view from the steam vents

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.

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Miles and miles of barren land, yet life always finds a way…
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There was no way I was sticking my hand in that hole!
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I was continually amazing by the different forms that were created by the lava.

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.

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Cooled lava covering part of the road.

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.

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Our trail was a bit tricky to follow!  But once we arrived, it was so worth the challenge!
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Human forms
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One of my favorites…a sea turtle

 

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This image reminds me of a cartoon… spaceship meets two headed monster!

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.

 

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This images represents the barren land perfectly…
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We were almost there…the Pacific Ocean!
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Stunning!
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And to think, at any moment, the power of the ocean could destroy this natural sculpture, carved by Mother Nature, over thousands of years.

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!!

As always…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Our Big Island Adventure: Part V

  1. I remember walking home in the dark when I was on Maui and would wonder why there were no animals creeping about. It was so quiet! I was told that about 90% of Hawaii’s species are birds! They’re all endemic and that any mammals, with the exception of the monk seal, that are on the islands were brought over by humans. Isn’t that crazy cool?? Anyway, can’t wait until your next segment!

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  2. Beautiful photography, nothing can top Mother Nature when it comes to magnificent beauty or devastating destruction. Series of wonderful post has captured it all. Thank you so much for sharing.

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