Jun 18, 2005
Jul 27, 2005
. Our image has always been the school projects where the steam is created in the center of the mountain using vinegar and baking soda. That couldn't have been further from what we actually saw. When the volcano erupted in 1984 the lava flow began heading for the town of Hilo. The main vent apparently plugged up just in time to prevent the evacuation of the town with the lava flow stopping 7 miles away. It then proceeded towards the ocean through lava vents which run underground with steam vents popping the surface in cinder cone formations. When the lava reaches the sea hydrochloric acid is formed in clouds of steam. According to our pilot, the map makers can't keep up with the shape of the coast as the lava is constantly changing the shape of the island. Returning to Maui our pilot pointed out the resorts of Kaanapali and we could easily spot the Hyatt Regency where we're staying. It's hard to believe our time here is almost over. Today was our last planned activity so from here on it's laundry, pack, and relax. I must say, it will feel good to get home.
Yesterday was a day to relax. We slept late and lounged around the hotel until time for the Luau. Everyone was enjoying our last full day together since today almost everyone is heading home. We feel very fortunate to have signed on for three extra days at this gorgeous resort. We had planned to fly to the "Big Island" to take a land tour but when they called to confirm the "Polynesian Action Adventure" we inquired and found out there was too much action for the two of us. Instead, we canceled that trip and decided to take a Fly Over Volcano Tour. By day's end we were glad we had. It don't think it would have been possible to see what we did from the ground. On the way into Hawaii we were able to see the rugged shoreline and numerous waterfalls on the northern coast of the island, not unlike what we saw on our trip to Hana. Here and on Maui the effect of the volcanic mountains seems to divide the islands into rainforest on one side and desert on the other. As we approached Kilauea, we never would have imagined what a live volcano looks like