Hot Lava

Trip Start Jan 16, 2011
Trip End Apr 29, 2012

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Where I stayed
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Volcanoes National Park

Flag of United States  , Hawaii
Monday, January 24, 2011

Volcanos national park. We spent the entire day in this amazing national park. It was made into a national park before Hawaii was even an official state. The history of the island is so rich and plentiful, my reminisces don't begin to capture it all.

Walking on an old lava flow it crunches under your feet with a sound that's a combination between crackling rice cereal and styrofoam. After 30 years The rainforest is just barely starting to reclaim the land, sending up little shoots of green.

We took a walk through and old lava tube. The outer core of a huge lava flow cools all though, through some scientific process I'll never understand, the middle becomes hallow. Now the rainforest grows all around it making it a hidden cave.

We were lucky enough to visit Volcanoes National Park on the one day a month that they do a ranger led hike down the mountain INTO the crater that is the volcano.

There are birds with beaks shaped perfectly to fit the flowers they get nectar from and the stamens from the flowers swing toward the bird and tap it on the head.  We learned this from the ranger on a 3 mile hike down into the crater. 400feet down and, yep you guessed it, 400 feet back up. Our ranger tour guide was an incredibly knowledgable man. At the end of our hike he played the nose flute, chanted to the volcano goddess Pele, and told a lovely story about the courtship from a demigod to the goddess. We petted some fern babies that grow on the trunk of it's parent fern. It feels a bit like wet kitten fur. It's primary purpose being to soak up water for the plant.

Jessica (and Eric)

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